How to Behave on Social Media During Divorce

How to Behave on Social Media During Divorce

Posted By R. Gregory Colvin LLC || 6-Jan-2020

If you’re like the vast majority of Americans, you have at least one, if not multiple social media accounts. While most people in their 20s, 30s, and 40s have a Facebook and Instagram account at the very least, Facebook is still the most widely used social media platform of them all.

According to Sprout Social, “When it comes to social media platforms, Facebook continues to dominate. It remains the most used platform among both marketers and consumers, according to Sprout Social 2019 Index.” In fact, Sprout’s research found that 83% of the consumers surveyed use Facebook. Social media isn’t only changing the way we connect with friends and family, it’s impacting our marriages and our divorces.

Social Media Evidence in Divorce Cases

These days, social media influences everything, from dining to retail to marketing to fashion to relationships and everything in between. And now, divorce cases are not immune to its influences. Here’s what The National Law Review has to say on the subject:

“The courtroom is not immune to its presence [social media] either. When divorce is involved, the question of electronic evidence, and social media evidence, in particular, comes into play in various ways. Modern relationships fall hazard to the sometimes illicit goings-on of spouses that end up publicized for all the world to see (and “like” or comment on) on the Internet.”

Today’s divorce attorneys are taking into account Facebook and Twitter posts, direct messages, Instagram photos, and all kinds of damaging digital evidence that can influence their divorce cases, especially in terms of alimony, property division, and child custody.

Essentially, anything you post during a divorce case s “fair game” and can be admitted as evidence in your divorce case. Even if you block your ex, your “friend” can repost or re-share or screenshot your post, and it can be seen by your ex giving them new ammunition against you.

If you’re going through a divorce, our advice is to take a social media break until the divorce is finalized. If you can’t stay away, you can always scroll through your feed but refrain from posting. If you want to continue posting, avoid posting anything, including comments, that you don’t want your ex or their attorney to see.

To schedule a consultation with a member of our divorce team, contact R. Gregory Colvin, LLC at (407) 603-3460.

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