There are over 2.1 billion smart phone users. There are over 2.2 billion Facebook users. It’s not hard to imagine the number of people snapping pictures of their kids, games, dates, family, pets, or other personal information on social media. People considering divorce should use caution. In a divorce case social media can provide evidence that can be used against one or both parties to affect alimony, child support, child custody, and more. Here are some ways social media can be used against you:
1. Evidence of affairs is provided by social media such as the Internet, Facebook, and Dating Services.
2. On-line commentary by spouses and children indicate state of mind, both positive and negative, and fitness to have custody.
3. Evidence of assets, job prospects and resources may be available.
4. Violation of custody orders and travel restrictions may be provided by photos and vacation information.
5. Violation of protective orders and stalking may occur through “pokes,” “friend requests,” and Tweets.
6. A variety of Facebook or Internet friendships may indicate potential bias and connections by experts, professionals, and others who may testify.
So just delete your accounts right? Not if you are already in litigation. That would be considered destruction of evidence. The best thing to do regarding social media is simply not use it.