Divorce and Facebook: Could You Be Hurting Your Own Case?

By October 22, 2010Divorce

Do you know who’s looking at your Facebook page?  Most people know that potential employers often check out your Facebook or MySpace profile before hiring you.  But, this is also an important consideration if you’re going through a divorce.  Your social media accounts (such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, YouTube, or LinkedIn) could contain a mountain of evidence that your soon-to-be ex spouse might use against you in court.

The use of online evidence in divorce cases has become so common that Time magazine recently featured an article about Facebook and divorce.  It has been reported by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers that over the last five years, 81% of its divorce attorneys have dealt with evidence obtained from social networking websites.  When someone is going through a divorce, these websites can serve as an outlet to express their feelings of anger, hurt, or disappointment.  But sometimes, a person’s online posts may come back to haunt them.

It’s important to remember that the internet is a public place.  Be mindful of the information, pictures, status updates or tweets you post because, as the San Diego Union Tribune points out, they could become online evidence in your divorce case.  A good rule of thumb is if you wouldn’t want it shown in court, don’t post it online!  Also, consider who your online “friends” are.  Mutual friends may offer your ex-spouse a window into your online world.  Finally, use privacy settings to protect your social networking accounts whenever possible.

Going through a divorce is an emotional, stressful, and often difficult time in a person’s life.  It’s important to have an attorney advocate on your side to assist you in matters like property division, child custody/support, and spousal support.  Speak with an experienced San Diego divorce attorney to find out how they can help you pursue a fair resolution that reflects your best interests.  An attorney can also act as a guide to ensure that you do not make any rash decisions now that could hurt your case later.  Please call us at (619) 289-7948 for a consultation.

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