When your marriage is struggling and you are considering divorce, you should prepare yourself before you file. One of the things that many people overlook is the importance of social media accounts in the divorce process.
Your lawyer will discuss several things about your social media with you before you file your divorce. Understanding your social media activity in relation to your divorce makes the process easier. Here are some tips to help.
Your Social Media Activity Can Be Used In Court
Most people don't give a second thought to their social media use and activity. They post, comment, share, and like things on social media without thinking twice. After all, social media accounts are a personal reflection of who you are and what you do every day.
It is important to remember, though, that anything you post on social media can be introduced as part of your divorce. Even things that you wouldn't probably think about, such as pages and links that you've liked or comments you've made on other posts, can be used in the divorce proceedings.
You might wonder what your social media activity has to do with your divorce. Pictures, comments, and links can be used as evidence of infidelity, irresponsible parenting choices, or similar issues. These things can be documentation of the reason for the divorce or even used as evidence to seek child custody.
Profile Security Isn't Enough
Many people believe that they can keep their social media activity away from their soon-to-be-former spouse simply by blocking them on those platforms and securing their accounts so that only friends can see them.
Remember that not only can your friends screenshot your profile information, but anything you post to a public page can easily be seen by anyone. Additionally, in extreme cases, the courts may compel parties in a case to turn over their social media account information if there's reason to believe that relevant evidence exists.
Since deleting information on your profile during your divorce could be considered evidence tampering, it's in your best interest to work with an attorney from the start to review your social media activity and what it could mean for your divorce before you ever file the papers. Talk with a family law attorney near you today for more information. He or she can provide you with guidance relevant to your specific case as well as your state's social media evidence standards.
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