In an age where all of our opinions can be instantly uploaded online for the world to see, you should know that whatever you write on a social media profile can be used against you in the court of law. These seemingly harmless posts have compromised countless cases in recent years, costing spouses thousands of dollars in payments and threatening their child custody arrangements in the process.
According to a 2010 study by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 81 percent of the nation’s top divorce attorneys say they have seen an increase in cases involving evidence taken from social media, with 66 percent citing Facebook as the main culprit. To protect yourself from having your social media profiles used against you, it’s important to follow these tips:
- Once a divorce is filed, immediately set all of your social media profiles to “private.”
- Defriend your wife and all mutual friends and acquaintances you share.
- Do not openly write about your divorce online.
- Do not post pictures or blogs about your new relationship.
- Never post disparaging remarks about your children.
- If you need to talk to a friend or family member, do it in person or over the phone.
- Notify your important contacts about the situation and make sure they don’t post anything regarding your divorce, either.
- Make sure no new pictures taken of you include anything incriminating.
- Unless it’s absolutely necessary, think about getting rid of your social media profiles until your divorce or child custody case is resolved.
There are certain posts that your spouse’s attorneys will automatically seek out, including photos of you and your new partner, posts revealing hidden assets that weren’t disclosed to the court and anything negative relating to your children. Before you post, think it through and make sure nothing in there can be turned against you in court.
At the Queens, New York office of Sager Gellerman Eisner Attorneys at Law, our experienced divorce lawyers offer comprehensive guidance on how to make sure social media profiles don’t negatively affect your case.