The Types of Social Media Posts that Could Affect Your Divorce
From sharing photos and staying in contact with loved ones to keeping up with current events, the use of social media has become nearly ubiquitous in our lives. While there are a lot of positive uses for social media, certain information, when posted on a social media platform, can actually be used as evidence in family law cases. This is true even for those who believe that their accounts are set to private. To learn more about the types of evidence that could be used against you in your own case, including your social media posts, please reach out to our experienced Fort Lauderdale divorce attorneys today.
Posts About Your Financial Standing
One of the problems with social media is that posts can be taken out of context. Photos of a weekend trip to visit a family member can, for instance, give the false impression that a person is able to afford expensive vacations, while posts about new purchases can be used by a spouse as evidence of financial waste. The inferences created by these photos, whether or not they are accurate, could have significant repercussions on alimony payments or child support. Similarly, comments about, or references to new job opportunities, can be used as evidence that a person is, or soon will be, making more money than he or she claimed.
Posts About Your Personal Life
Photographs or comments posted on social media platforms can also be used to undermine a person’s bid for custody. For instance, posts related to a party that a parent attended, or photos of him or her drinking alcohol, have been used by spouses to raise questions about that person’s ability to care for a child. Even posting about a new relationship could cast doubt on a parent’s willingness to focus on his or her children, or could inspire a soon-to-be former spouse to cease all attempts at negotiation.
Even those who know better, often find themselves unable to resist the temptation of posting negative comments about a former partner online. Any aggressive or negative language can, however, be used against a person during divorce, as judges pay close attention to how divorcing parties treat each other, especially if they share children.
Other Electronic Evidence
When it comes to social media use and divorce, it’s usually better to be safe than sorry and to avoid posting anything until the divorce is finalized. It’s important to note, however, that social media posts aren’t the only type of electronic evidence that can be used during divorce. For instance, text messages or emails between the parties are often used to support or dispute claims made in court.
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