Social media sites like Facebook and Twitter allow us to stay connected to friends, family, and colleagues like never before. For Long Island residents facing divorce, social media sites can make it easy to find support among a large group of contacts. But it can be all too easy to type up an exasperated post in a moment of frustration and click “send” without considering the consequences.
Although Facebook allows you to “friend” anyone at the click of a button, not everyone you add on social media is a friend – or should be trusted with news about your divorce proceedings. Here are just a few of the ways social media can affect your divorce settlement negotiations:
Social media activity might reveal hidden assets or other secrets.
Many married couples have mutual friends on social media. Even if spouses have blocked one another, news about their activities may be passed through mutual friends. For instance, you may hear that your spouse has just taken an expensive vacation after claiming he or she couldn’t afford to pay maintenance. If you suspect your spouse may be hiding assets, social media can be a good place to start looking for clues.
Electronic messages can often be admitted in court.
Electronic information like emails, text messages, and social media posts can often be admitted in court to bolster your case for a favorable settlement. Even if your case never goes before a judge, pointing out that you’re aware of a spouse’s social media postings during mediation can help ensure all the relevant information is on the table.
Remember to protect your own privacy.
There’s a popular saying: “The Internet never forgets.” Even if you delete a post or photo, it may have been archived, or a friend may have a screenshot of it. Experienced Long Island divorce lawyers recommend never posting anything to social media, public or private, that you would not want to become a part of your permanent public history. It’s often wise, for your own sake and your children, never to mention your divorce at all online.
For reliable guidance and representation throughout your divorce, contact the Law Offices of Paul A. Boronow, PC for a comprehensive consultation. Call (516) 227-5353 today.