Using social media during divorce poses many risks which could have a long term impact on the quality of your life after the divorce. Social media is a good way for friends and family to keep in touch. For the most part, people post pictures of themselves, their kids and their activities with good intentions. However, such information could be used in a North County divorce court. Social media posts are admissible and can be used against the poster in a way which is detrimental to their interests.
For example, if a spouse says they cannot afford to pay child support, posting pictures of themselves on an expensive vacation likely won’t sit very well with the judge. If a person claims to be unable to pay spousal support or child support but can afford to take an expensive vacation, it could also be used as evidence to question whether or not that former spouse is being truthful about their income.
Social media posts might also be used against your interests in child custody disputes. If a mother is pictured out partying and drinking when she should have been home with her children, the post might be used to prove she is an unfit mother and should not have custody. Even when spouses do not have access to the other’s social media accounts, there are still legal ways our skilled attorneys can obtain the post’s details.
Many future divorcees are scouring the Internet these days to find out information about their soon-to-be ex-spouses. Even business networking sites might turn up evidence of jobs or businesses not mentioned in the divorce discovery process. Deleting accounts during the divorce process can be construed as destroying evidence. To be on the safe side, individuals who are separating must understand using social media during divorce poses many risks .
The attorneys at Burke & Domercq help to guide our clients through the process of divorce. We work to accomplish our client’s objectives while ensuring they are in a position of strength to move forward with their lives. We invite you to contact us or call 760-712-3741 to schedule an appointment to learn more.