If you are going through a divorce, there are things you should consider when posting to social media. Social media can reveal a lot of information about you, and it can create trouble for you if you are party to a family law case such as divorce, asset division, or child custody.
Typically, it is wise to change your privacy settings so that your profile cannot be viewed by those who you do not know. However, social media profile access can be tricky in family law cases because some of those you are “Facebook friends” with may be related to your ex or may be closer friends with your ex than to you.
That is why in family law cases, even if your profile is set to private, you must think about what you post and what information someone can glean from your social media pages.
What Can Be Learned from Social Media
Financial information: If you post photos of recently purchased big-ticket items like houses, cars, boats, vacations or electronics, those might be used against you if a judge is splitting up property or setting child support or alimony.
Infidelity: You do not need to prove fault in order to get a divorce in California. However, the fact that one spouse cheated can be a factor in other ancillary issues such as spousal support.
Parenting: Everyone loves to post photos of their children online. However, those photos can be dissected to demonstrate your fitness as a parent. These photos can be used in child custody or child support hearings.
In addition, social media posts make very compelling evidence in court. Most of the time posts are taken at face value as true. In addition, it can be used to create a picture of you that is not accurate, but because there is photographic evidence, it may appear that you are always shopping, drinking, partying or with people of the opposite sex. These are important things to keep in mind before you post.
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