Social media is an integral part of society today. At times, it may feel like an extension of yourself. Because of this, it only makes sense that you would post intimate details of your life. Everything from cute photos of your kiddo to how you feel about your divorce could end up on your social media. From the perspective of a family law attorney, however, this is where you need to be careful.
The advent of social media is still relatively new, and many industries are still learning the dos and don’ts, along with the long-term effects of it. Here at Fairell Roy & Associates, we’ve seen the effects that social media can have on divorce, custody, and other family law cases. In today’s blog, we’ll share the information we’ve learned and our advice for you as you move through your case. If you’re in need of a family law attorney in the Atlanta area, then contact us today! Our family law attorneys are experienced, compassionate, qualified, and ready to take on your case.
Consider Deleting Social Media Accounts
As you begin filing for divorce, filing for custody, or any other service a family law lawyer could help you with, it’s a good idea to simply delete your social media accounts. Doing so will prevent any social media evidence from being used against you in a court of law. However, some people feel they cannot go long periods of time without social media. If you’re not up for completely deleting it, then our family law attorneys recommend you do the next two steps at the very least.
Disparaging comments, angry rants, and any other negative post you make on social media can be used against you as evidence. These and other examples may be used to show poor decision-making skills or ulterior motives. Especially if you’re going through a contested divorce, this could make matters worse for everyone involved. Before you post anything, think about what you’re saying and why — and find a better place to share the information (such as with a close friend) rather than social media if it has to do with your ex.
Check the Privacy Settings
Many people think they’re fine to post whatever they like about their ex because their profile is set to private. There is a lot of gray area, though, with privacy settings. You should check your settings on all social media accounts and make sure they’re updated. Some posts, despite your efforts to stay private, could still make it back to your ex or your ex’s lawyer. For example, if you still have a mutual friend, they could share the information with your ex. Be careful not to accept friend or follower requests during the divorce proceedings.
Meet With a Family Law Attorney Today
Don’t let one thoughtless post on social media make matters more difficult during your divorce and custody case. Here at Fairell Roy & Associates, our family law attorneys can help you through the process. Contact us today to get started.