Social Media Can Impact Divorce Proceedings
The evolution of social media has created a constant flow of information from countless sources, and this trend shows no signs of slowing down. People are always posting, tweeting, and texting; many without a thought as to the consequences of their actions.
Individuals who are going through divorce proceedings should realize that sharing information on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and anywhere else online could be used as evidence in divorce court. Social media postings create impressions about the users – and even if they are inaccurate, they can be held against someone and damage their reputation.
Contentious, bitter divorces can create strong negative emotions like hurt and anger, and divorcing spouses should know that arguing in a public arena should be discouraged. Some feel that posting negative comments online provides a shield, since the ex may not respond right away or even be included in the post. The comments can also embarrass the ex, especially when others read them and add fuel to the fire.
Angry texts and e-mails should also be avoided by separating couples. These kinds of texts, emails, and posts can put someone in an unfavorable light for a judge. They can seem like threats, show a lack of parental support, and provide conflicting evidence for issues like reported income. In addition, this information can allow ex-spouses to keep track of one another’s movements.
When Pictures Tell Stories
As a couple separates, their lives change, and some find themselves with better jobs and new dating partners. It can be very tempting to share the good news by posting pictures of a shiny new car or an exotic vacation with a significant other.
These can be used as evidence to show proof of an extramarital affair or hidden assets. In Pennsylvania, almost all marital property must be divided equitably in a divorce. Attempts to conceal assets and property may be equated to erroneous financial information. This can also affect a divorce settlement.
It should be noted that pictures can be used to determine child custody and child support. Photos from a party with alcohol will not make a parent seem very trustworthy, even if the event was an innocent get-together. A divorcing parent that claimed they could not watch the children, yet posted pictures of themselves relaxing at the beach during that time, could also face certain penalties.
The Less Said (or Posted), the Better
Social media posting, texting, and emailing should always be done with caution, especially for divorcing couples. Since it is such a huge part of daily life, these communications are sent out in high volume, and at fast speeds. Taking a minute to think before clicking “send” can avoid an onslaught of problems.
This is a good time to think about what would happen, for example, if your boss saw the post; picturing how the ex could use the information in court is also a good deterrent.
If the decision to post or not to post is unclear, it is best to avoid it altogether; never post when emotions are running high.
Philadelphia Divorce Lawyers at Freedman & Lorry, P.C. Understand How Social Media Impacts Divorce Proceedings
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