Social Media and Divorce
It is common for people to remain plugged into their electronic devices for much of their day. Whether it is sharing pictures of their children, their dinner, or pets, posting images online has become a part of our daily lives. Moreover, those posts can also become part of a divorce proceeding.
What Kind of Communications are Admissible in a Divorce?
The communications you have can become admissible at trial. For example, an email or a text message can be admissible in court, and certain circumstances can even be subpoenaed. Social media posts can be used in a divorce proceeding as well. If one party fails to disclose a promotion at work, or boasts about being able to hide assets and then gloats about it on social media, those posts can become part of the trial.
Will Blocking My Spouse Help?
Blocking your spouse may help; however, it is not a foolproof way of preventing him or her from being able to use a social media post against you. A spouse who has been blocked still has access to your friends' social media posts. If one spouse goes on an expensive trip with a friend, and that friend posts pictures of the trip, then that post can be used at trial to prove that one spouse is not honest about his or her financial situation.
It is not wise to create a dating profile on a dating website before a divorce is finalized. One of the primary reasons why is because people promote themselves differently on a dating profile site than they would in court. If you represent yourself differently on a dating profile than you do in court, it can spell problems for you that may not be fatal in your trial but can cause unnecessary complications.
Should I Delete My Social Media if I am Going Through a Divorce
The soundest way to prevent your social media communications from being used against you in a divorce is to stop using social media all-together. But while it is common for people to believe it is wise to delete their social media accounts altogether, or to try and scrub their online presence, it is important to understand that once a divorce has started, your social media accounts then become evidence. Hence, deleting your social media accounts can be tantamount to destroying evidence, which is never a good thing.
Thinking About Divorce?
If you are considering getting a divorce, you can be certain that your spouse's attorney will be combing through your online presence. Make sure you have a dedicated DuPage County divorce lawyer at your side. The attorneys at Davi Law Group, LLC have the skill and knowledge to defend your rights and pursue your best interests throughout your divorce. Contact our Wheaton office at 630-580-6373 to schedule your consultation today.