How Using Social Media Could Affect Your Divorce
Over the last few years, social media has come to play an increasingly important role in how we share information and ideas online. While it is true that social media platforms can provide an easy way to stay in contact with friends and family, they can also have negative repercussions for those who are involved in legal proceedings. Using social media during divorce has proven to be especially harmful to the parties involved and could even affect the outcome of the settlement.
If you have questions about what you should and should not post online during your divorce or are concerned about the details being posted by your spouse, it is important to contact an experienced Fort Lauderdale contested divorce lawyer who can help protect your legal interests throughout the divorce process.
How Can Using Social Media Negatively Impact My Divorce Proceedings?
Social media was designed to allow users to share details about their day-to-day lives with each other and to stay in contact with friends and family that don’t live nearby. Unfortunately, the oversharing of certain details can have a negative impact on a couple’s divorce. For instance, using the location feature on an app and posting pictures of a nice dinner or stay at a hotel can give the appearance that a person is more financially secure than he or she actually is or that there are assets for which the parties have not accounted.
Similarly, posting pictures of a night out on the town with friends could be interpreted as evidence of an unhealthy lifestyle, which could in turn impact potential custody awards if a couple shares children. Ultimately, online posts can be construed in a number of different ways, although they may seem straightforward to the account holder. If a post seems to contradict something said in court or to represent a person’s life in a certain way (that doesn’t necessarily correlate with reality), that information could be used as evidence against that person in court. The best way to avoid this possibility is to stop using social media altogether while your divorce is pending.
Couples should not assume that only their friends can see their posts just because their accounts are set to private. For instance, while it is not uncommon for many divorcing spouses to block each other and their spouse’s friends on social media accounts, many people forget that they share mutual friends with their spouse. These individuals could still view the posts and report them to the other spouse, thereby giving him or her access to online activity that that person would not normally have. This information can then be brought up in court and used against the person who posted it in the first place. This includes not just written messages, but also photographs, location notifications, and even comments posted by friends.
Call Today for Help with Your Case
Contact Sandra Bonfiglio, P.A. today at 954-945-7591 to request a free consultation with an experienced Fort Lauderdale contested divorce attorney. A member of our legal team can also be reached via online message.