Good or bad, social media networking sites and smartphone applications have become an integral part of our daily lives tracking our every mood and location with status updates, emoticons and pictures.
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linked In, as well as text messages and emails, can create ample evidence that can be used against either party to affect alimony, child support, child custody and more in a divorce case. And the incriminating evidence it’s not just limited to the divorcing couple’s social media communication… family and friends may post or share something potentially damaging as well.
At least 81% of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers have used or encountered evidence taken from social media websites in divorce cases. These types of communication can provide a lawyer with potentially incriminating evidence which is admissible in court. If either party in the divorce has shared information digitally that conflicts with what has been shared in person or in legal documents, it can create serious problems. Nothing is ever truly deleted. If it’s on the internet, consider it permanent.
If you are contemplating a divorce, your first step would be to get a confidential consultation with a family law attorney experienced in divorce law who can safely guide you through the process. The services of an experienced divorce attorney with knowledge as to your rights, your children’s rights, your property rights, and your responsibilities resulting from the marriage are our area of expertise. D’Lugo and DeFlora, P.A. can analyze your unique situation and help you make decisions in your best interest and that of your family.