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How social media became a powerful piece of evidence in divorce

Facebook. Twitter. MySpace (okay, maybe not that one). These are massive companies whose business model -- social media -- permeates every part of our lives now. This isn't necessarily a good or a bad thing in general. But in relation to an impending divorce, social media is usually a bad thing.

Consider the following: after getting a divorce, you and your spouse agree to a child custody arrangement. A week after the arrangement takes effect, you get on Facebook one night and write an inflammatory, disparaging comment about your former spouse. Soon thereafter, your former spouse takes legal action, going to court and showing a judge the way you treated him or her online.

That may be too simple of an example, and maybe nothing would come of that legal action. But the point is that Facebook profiles, tweets, Instagram posts and the like are becoming increasingly common forms of evidence in divorce cases.

Social media contains so much information about you. Photos of your nights out and your vacations. Status updates and tweets that detail your thoughts and feelings. Geographic data that shows your location and a timeline of where you were. Private messages that could reveal damning facts and events. There really is a wealth of information on your social media accounts, and it can all be used against you during divorce.

Be prepared for this, and also know that such evidence exists on your spouse's social media accounts too. If you are in need of help with your divorce, consult with an experienced family law attorney.

Source: Times of San Diego, "Remember: Social Media Can Embarrass You in Divorce Court," John Griffith, May 13, 2016

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