In this age of social media, conversations and photos that once remained private between two people now leave a lasting digital footprint that can be difficult to erase. In the context of divorce, that can be especially problematic.
E-mails, text messages, online searches, photos, and videos have become “evidence” used in court in cases dealing with alimony, child support, and other divorce matters.
Because social media activity is tough to destroy or dispute, clients involved in a divorce need to protect themselves from the ramifications of poor online decisions.
Social Media Evidence and Divorce
Social media can impact a divorce in any number of ways. Baltimore County divorce lawyers at Huesman, Jones & Miles, LLC have seen cases involving:
Communication: The way couples treat each other and interact with each other may influence a judge’s decision, especially in child custody issues. When a spouse sends their ex disparaging or abusive texts or e-mails, they may find themselves at a disadvantage when it comes to custody or visitation.
Think twice before sending your ex that nasty message. Once you hit “send,” your text or e-mail cannot be retracted, and can be used as evidence in court.
Finances: Social media posts often give clues about a person’s habits and lifestyle. If your ex is saying one thing about their financial status, but their online activities suggest something entirely different, your Baltimore divorce lawyer will start asking more questions.
Spouses have claimed to earn a low income while showing off new cars, elaborate vacations, and other expensive purchases and activities in social media posts. These posts can be used to prove they are not being totally forthcoming about their financial situation.
Infidelity: One of the most common ways social media leads to divorce is when a spouse discovers online evidence of cheating. Whether through popular sites like Facebook or Instagram or online dating sites, a spouse may use social media to interact with romantic partners outside of the marriage.
Even if you are separated, it is recommended you hold off on online dating until your divorce is final. Dating while still married can lead to a fault-based divorce and prevent the cheater from receiving spousal support.
Parenting: If you and your ex are disputing child custody and visitation matters, it is incredibly important to demonstrate your fitness as a parent. Inappropriate social media activity can come back to haunt you.
It goes without saying that posts about unsafe, illegal, or irresponsible behavior have no place on social media – especially if you are working to gain custody or visitation.
Protecting Yourself from Social Media Repercussions
If you are concerned about what can be used against you in your divorce, you may want to stop using social media altogether. Until your divorce is finalized, be strictly an online observer. This way, you will not have to worry about talking your way out of an unfortunate post.
Baltimore County Divorce Lawyers at Huesman, Jones & Miles, LLC Protect Clients from Common Divorce Mistakes
Baltimore County divorce lawyers at Huesman, Jones & Miles, LLC guide you in preventing some of the common divorce mistakes, including incriminating social media activity. Trust us to advocate for you and your children and work tirelessly for the best resolution possible.
To learn more about our extensive family law services, contact us online or call 443-589-0150 to schedule a no-obligation consultation today. We are located in Hunt Valley and Towson to assist clients throughout the state of Maryland, including Baltimore County and the communities of Monkton, Sparks and Parkton.