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.
Sprout Social, “When it comes to social media platforms, Facebook continues to
dominate. It remains the most used platform among both marketers and consumers,
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
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
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.