Social Media and Your Family Law Case
Social media is playing an ever increasing role in family law cases. The comments, opinions and photos posted to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and personal blogs are not always private and can be admitted into evidence at a trial or hearing.
Photos showing lavish spending could impact an alimony claim. Posts stating you will not share the children with the other parent may have an impact upon majority timesharing, as could a photo showing you drinking excessively at a party.
6 Steps Towards Protecting Yourself Online:
1. Never post a message or photo you would not want your grandmother to see;
2. Limit your friends list to only truly close and trusted friends;
3. Change passwords often and make your new passwords are highly secure;
4. Have an IT professional check you devices for spyware or malware;
5. When out in social situations always be on your best behavior because you never know who is watching and waiting to share your behavior with others; and
6. Again, never post a message or photo you would not want your grandmother to see.
Social media can be used to your advantage or it can be used against you when the stakes are high.