If you are involved in a divorce or child custody case, you should be aware of how social media can impact your case. Use of social media evidence in divorce and custody cases is now very common. While it may seem harmless for one to post a picture or comment on social media, the information that is published can be used against litigants in the right circumstances. Litigants can jeopardize their cases with pictures, status updates, videos, comments, and the like published on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterst, Google, LinkedIn and even dating websites. The opposing side will be more then happy to use social media to help advance their position. Here are some things you can do to protect yourself:
- Do not publish anything that can be used against you.
- Refrain from becoming “friends” with any individual in the opposing parties’ social
- Do not connect with any individual who can pass on harmful information to the
- Do not identify your whereabouts.
- Change your password and identification information if there is any chance that
the opposing party has this information.
- Keep your social media information private.
- Check the opposing side’s social media sites regularly and their friends.
- Do not publish anything that you would not want a judge to see.