How Facebook Could Hurt You in Your Divorce

social mediaSocial media plays a role in many divorces these days. Not only can Facebook and other sites provide a way for a spouse to find out about cheating, unfaithfulness, or just general marital unhappiness while you are married, but it can also be damaging during the actual divorce itself.

Social media is being used as evidence in many divorce cases now. A person’s posts on Facebook can reveal a multitude of things such as:

–          The truth about income, raises, bonuses, or expenses

–          Substance abuse, including alcohol problems

–          How parenting time is actually used

–          A parent’s thoughts and feelings about their child

–          Real facts about a parent’s schedule and availability

Facebook provides not only posts that can be used as evidence, but also photographs. All of this can be very difficult to refute.

To protect yourself in your divorce:

–          Limit your use of social media as much as possible. Do not reveal any personal information about yourself, your income, your schedule, and try not to post any photos of yourself or your child.

–          Don’t think you can post things and delete them. Social media posts never truly are deleted entirely. Assume that whatever you post is forever.

–          Refrain from ranting about your ex on Facebook. Assume someone will see it and forward it to him or her. All this will do is fan the flames of your divorce.

–          Stay off social media during your scheduled parenting time. You don’t want an attorney to be able to say you were ignoring your child.

–          Unfriend your spouse, but find someone who is able to watch his or her page for you. Sneaky? Yes. But you could obtain evidence that could be very valuable for your attorney to use.

When you are going through a divorce or custody case, you need an attorney who will listen to you and be your untiring advocate. The Sampair Group is here for you in Maricopa County. Call us for an appointment with one of our knowledgeable attorneys now.