Social media has become an issue in a larger and larger number of divorces over the past decade. When you are involved in a legal issue, be it a criminal case, civil suit, or a family law issue, the words you say can potentially be used against you in court. For this reason, attorneys will always strongly advise you to refrain from speaking about your case as much as possible, confiding only in your spouse or a close and trusted loved one who understands the gravity of your situation, and that’s if you absolutely must confide in someone.
This is because anything that is witnessed or overheard could potentially be admissible as evidence and harm your case if twisted against you. For this reason, you should never confide while in public. This also means not discussing your case over social media. Social media is a public space accessible by millions of people. Unfortunately it’s also a place where many people turn to vent their frustrations after everything from a disastrous date to job stresses and more. This occasionally does include family law issues, or discussion of their case.
Before you hit that post button, there is one thing you should absolutely know: social media posts are admissible as evidence and testimony in court.
If you are embroiled in a divorce case, your ex could use your social media testimony as evidence to support one of their claims. This could potentially damage or even completely jeopardize your case, taking proceedings that were going well and turning them on their head at your expense.
How to Use Social Media During a Divorce Case
The purpose of this blog is not to say “stop using social media entirely during your case,” though that isn’t necessarily a bad idea if you can bring yourself to do so. If you do continue to use social media, do not in any way discuss your case, even if the information is totally harmless in your opinion. Likewise, try to post as little as possible to give yourself the smallest chance of accidentally slipping up.
If you are facing a divorce, you should not hesitate to retain a skilled Westchester County divorce attorney to help you through the process. At Friedman & Friedman, Attorneys at Law, we understand the gravity of your issue, and the significant impact it can have on your life going forward, which is why we encourage open communication and placing your needs and best wishes at the forefront of all of our decisions.
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