As social media takes on a bigger role in our lives, it’s not surprising that it may need to be addressed as part of your divorce. There are several ways in which social media may need to be incorporated as part of a divorce.
Since anything you acquired during marriage is community property, your social media accounts may be included in that and you will want to make sure it is specified that you will each own your own accounts, as well as any content and photos you have used there.
In high conflict divorces, it may be a good idea to agree to a social media gag order, or to ask the judge to impose one. Because social media has such a big impact on professional lives now, having your spouse denigrate you in a public forum can be very damaging. Directing both spouses to refrain from commenting about the divorce or each can be a useful way to begin to defuse a very volatile divorce. It may be necessary to have this directive continue after the divorce has concluded as well.
Social media can also be a problem in a custody case. In this instance while it’s useful to prevent parents from mentioning each other on social media, it may also be necessary to seek an order directing a parent not to post photos of the couple’s children on social media if there are any issues with appropriateness. There may also be privacy concerns for children if their photos are constantly being posted, leading a judge to direct a parent not to publicly post photos.
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