Using Social Media During Your Divorce
Social media has become an important part of our lives. It has become standard to announce every event on social media, from what you had for dinner to life events such as dating and holiday parties. However, what most people don’t realize is the real impact social media can have on legal proceedings. One quick post on Twitter or Facebook can have lasting repercussions.
At Robertson, Oswalt, Nony & Associates, our lawyers are committed to helping our clients with every aspect of the divorce process, and can provide you with up-to-date advice about how social media can impact your divorce in Arkansas.
All Online Posts And Emails Can Be Used As Evidence Against You
If possible, you should avoid using social media during your divorce. Any online posts — whether on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or Reddit, to name a few — can be used as evidence against you. This can become problematic if your online posts contradict what you have stated in court documents or in the courtroom.
Additionally, posts can be used to establish the existence of hidden assets and accounts. They can also be used to show evidence of adultery or, in some extreme cases, negligent care of a child.
What You Should Do With Your Social Media Accounts
To avoid issues during your divorce, you should stop using social media as much as possible. On Facebook, for example, you can temporarily suspend your account to avoid the temptation to post.
You should also ask your friends and family to avoid posting about your activity online. A post by a mutual friend about your trip to the Caribbean may lead to questions about your finances and activity.
Online Posts By Your Ex
If you see negative posts from your ex or posts that may help your divorce, take screenshots of the activity as soon as possible. This can help your attorney build your case and may help in your divorce, custody or visitation proceedings.
Talk To An Attorney About Your Divorce
Every situation is unique, and you may have specific questions about social media use and how it will apply to your case. Our attorneys can answer your questions and provide you with tailored advice and support throughout your case.
You can call our firm at 501-588-4451 or 866-311-3815. You can also contact us using our online form. From our office in Little Rock, we help family law clients throughout Cental Arkansas.