HOW SOCIAL MEDIA MAY LEAD TO DIVORCE
In a modern world, people are more connected technologically more than ever before. Now there is a wealth of information at our fingertips on our mobile devices. This certainly makes life easier in many respects, at the same time, this connectivity can also have negative impacts on personal lives that can ultimately lead to divorce.
It appears that some people are forgetting what is being broadcasted on social media can also leak potentially private information to the masses i.e. things about your children, your whereabouts, your daily or weekly routine. Parents warn their children about being careful with what they post on social media. They should heed their own advice as well. Colleges and employers warn about what you post on social media too. Certain posts can decrease your employability..
If you are filing for a divorce or plan to file for divorce, your posts on social media could affect the outcome of your divorce. Attorneys and soon-to-be ex-spouses will research your social media to see if there’s anything they can find to sway the outcome of your divorce. Social media posts could be used as evidence in a court of law.
For example, the result of any child-related issues or financial issues could be impacted with the right evidence. If it’s financial matters, does social media reveal your expensive hobby? Does the occasional drink make you appear negligent with regard to your children? Every social media post you’ve published that is still live on the internet can and will be used against you.
While it may seem best to delete all of your social media accounts so you can avoid potential pitfalls, the reality is doing so can also work against you. If litigation has already begun, it would raise many red flags if all of a sudden your social media accounts have been deleted. Do you know if they already gathered their evidence through your social media before you deleted the accounts? Deleting social media accounts doesn’t mean those accounts and / or posts never existed. More importantly, even if an account and / or post is deleted, all of your information and data still remains in a database – which can potentially be brought to court as evidence through a subpoena.
If you don’t want a social media post to be used against you in court, don’t post it! If you are uncertain as what to do or if you know there’s already discriminating evidence on your social media, please do not hesitate to contact Fernandez, Socci & Nieves Family Law at 978-681-5454 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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