Over 80% of divorce attorneys look to social media to find incriminating evidence against the other spouse. With almost everyone in the United States participates in some form of social media, many divorce cases have turned based on evidence found on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or other social media platforms. While venting frustrations on social media is a national pastime, unfortunately, in the case of a divorce, your tweets and posts can catastrophically affect your case. Here are some social media habits to avoid as you find yourself in the process of divorce.
Your Divorce Announcement
You may be angry or joyful about your impending divorce decree; however, announcing this on social media can bring unwelcome and unwanted commentary from friends, family, acquaintances, and even strangers depending on the privacy settings for your account. You may feel a need to defend your announcement, or possibly get into arguments or discussions regarding your upcoming divorce that simply should not be up for public consumption. Consider waiting until you have a divorce decree in your hand to make a brief, neutral announcement regarding your divorce, so that nothing you say may be used against you.
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
Social media is typically a visual media. Make sure that you tell your friends and family that you do not want photographs of you to be put on social media until after your divorce. Any picture of you out at a club, or on a lavish vacation, or with the person you have been accused of committing adultery with, may damage your case.
Additionally, consider tempering any temptation you may have to show pictures on Instagram or Facebook regarding a recent extravagant shopping purchase, or a luxurious getaway vacation. If you are attempting to obtain either child support or alimony in your divorce, these pictures can be used against you. Also, if you claim a modest amount of income or finances in your sworn testimony to the court, pictures such as these could be used as evidence to show that you have misrepresented your financial situation.
Never Delete Anything You Post on Social Media
You may have a moment of indiscretion where you post something that you regret. Perhaps you posted an abrasive comment about your spouse or information about your upcoming trip to the Bahamas. Always remember that what appears on social media is technically permanent. Any person could screenshot that post, tweet, or photo, and it could be introduced as evidence in court.
Additionally, if you delete a post, tweet, or photo from social media, a judge may find that you destroyed evidence relevant to your divorce case. Do your best to never post anything inappropriate or that would harm your divorce case, but if you do, never delete that post, picture, tweet, or comment.
Disable Your GPS or Location Access in All Apps
Most social media apps have GPS tracking or location access. In some of these apps, you must manually turn off the location access, otherwise they default to tracking you. Always look to your social media apps and other apps to see if your GPS and location access is turned on, especially if you feel you or your children may be in any kind of danger from your spouse. If you are not clear how to disable your location access, simply take your phone to an electronics store and someone will be able to assist you. Always contact law enforcement if you or your children are in danger.
Contact an Experienced Divorce Attorney
If you are going through a divorce, contact an experienced divorce attorney who can help you understand how social media may impact your case. If you need advice on how proceed with a divorce in the Sacramento area, schedule a consultation with experienced divorce attorney Judy Ford, Attorney at Law at 916-619-3407.