We have mentioned previously that posts and pictures on social media are increasingly being used as evidence in family law disputes. However, this trend is becoming so pervasive that it is now arguably critical that you temporarily suspend activity on social media accounts if you are involved in a divorce or child custody case.
The ways in which your words, images and contacts can be potentially misinterpreted by a judge or twisted by opposing counsel are astonishing. As a result, it is likely going to benefit you greatly to not simply remain careful while connected to social media but to actually shut down your accounts for the duration of your dispute.
If you choose to remain on social media as a means of social networking and support, please speak with your attorney about how you should and should not be using these tools at this time. Even doing something as simple as changing your marital status online could affect your case. Posting pictures of your children, making references to any recent purchases you have made and other seemingly harmless actions could also ultimately be used against you in unfair ways.
When it comes to a family law dispute, your credibility with the court may make all the difference in how your divorce and your child custody cases are ultimately determined. Social media activity may damage your credibility in unsuspecting ways. Therefore, it is simply a good idea to temporarily suspend your social media accounts and to reopen them only when your case is finalized.
Source: The Huffington Post, “Should I Be Using Social Networking Sites During My Divorce (or Should I Just Shoot Myself in the Foot)?” Daniel Clement, March 5, 2014