The Use of Social Media May Have A Detrimental Influence On Your Divorce Or Custody Case

Social media has become such a staple of modern life that it is simple to overlook how young it is. The public did not have access to Facebook until 2006, and other social media platforms are even more recent. Read on to get legal advice on this.

A global, real-time social experiment has occurred on these internet platforms. And although these websites have enhanced culture, they have also had several unforeseen repercussions. Studies in family law have revealed that social media users may unwittingly hurt those involved in a family court conflict.

Everything is publicly available on Facebook, and nothing is genuinely private.

Both spouses’ solicitors will participate in the discovery process at the pre-trial stage of a disputed divorce. They go on an investigation to acquire data and proof pertinent to the case.

These days, social media websites, particularly Facebook, provide a significant quantity of that proof. The private information you disclose or publish online may be used against you unexpectedly. Information from social media may be used to demonstrate or strongly imply that:

  • One side is concealing assets or spending carelessly
  • One of the parties has a history of adultery.
  • One side struggles with using drugs or alcohol
  • One party is endangering the kids’ welfare by immediately exposing them to new love partners.
  • One partner publicly disparages the other in a way that would harm the kids.

These are only a handful of the numerous examples of how items you share online might be read or misread. And other site users can see and distribute this material, even if you share it privately or prevent your spouse from seeing it. During the discovery phase, lawyers can also subpoena the information.

Your Posts Could Sour Co-Parenting Dynamics

A shared parenting plan is popular both during and after divorce. It is crucial to keep amicable contact with your soon-to-be ex-spouse and any other adults your kids may interact with (such as your ex’s relatives) for these and other reasons.

It could be alluring to want to complain about your ex online or to talk about the specifics of your situation in order to enlighten others. It is not a good idea to do it.

Consult Your Lawyer About Using Social Media

A family law attorney you employ will be able to provide you with precise advice on whether you should completely stop using social media (during court procedures, at least). Please be aware that anything you share online may be exploited or misused in ways you would not anticipate and that you should manage your own use properly until that time

By Allan Butcher