Why you should be careful about social media during divorce

By |2022-04-06T12:32:35+00:0019 May 2015|Categories: Family Law|

Why you should be careful about social media during divorce

Divorce and child custody disputes can understandably be emotional times. In our evolving culture, it is becoming more common to share our lives through social media. It is not surprising for middle aged adults to have Facebook pages, Twitter handles and even send Vine messages to keep people in the loop.

Indeed, many of the posts and statements you see on social media are about joyous events; birthdays, graduations and pay increases are common. But in bad times, we are apt to share those as well. For people going through child custody disputes and divorces, there can be problems with too much sharing.

Essentially, when you go on extreme rants about your soon-to-be ex-spouse or significant other, it is important to watch what you say. Posts on social media are becoming increasingly popular as fodder to be used in court, and can sometimes be used as a basis for a restraining order. So a particularly inflammatory post could be harmful in your case; even if you were just blowing off steam.

The common rule of thumb in custody and divorce cases is that if you don’t want a judge to read something, don’t post it on the Internet.

You might think that deleting a post or taking down a Facebook page may get rid of incriminating posts, but that is simply not true. Social media posts are essentially marks of public record, and can be recovered by savvy researchers.

The preceding is not legal advice. If you have specific questions about your situation, an experienced family law attorney can help.

About the Author:

Dorie Anne Rogers - The Law Offices of Dorie A. Rogers, APC
Dorie A. Rogers, a Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California, has been an attorney since 1981 with an exclusive family law practice located in Orange County. She is accepting dissolution cases with support and property issues including the use of forensics to ascertain business value, community interests and to establish monthly case flow analysis. Ms. Rogers has substantial experience in high conflict custody litigation involving sophisticated psychological issues. She drafts premarital and postmarital agreement designed to define and establish parties' separate and community property interests. Paternity cases and domestic violence matters are considered part of her practice. Ms. Rogers is a court-approved and court-appointed to represent minor children.Ms. Rogers consults with individuals concerned about entering or exiting a relationship. She advises effective strategies for dissolution or premarital planning. Knowledge is power and good planning affords better results.Specialties: Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California
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