When filing for divorce, there are several actions and decisions that may impact the case. This is true for any type of family law situation you are facing.
In the modern, social world, reading, posting and spending time on various social media sites is a part of most people’s day to day lives. In fact, there are studies that attest to the fact that approximately 65% of adults who have access to the internet use social media regularly. For those under the age of 30, this number is even higher (approximately 89%).
In many cases, it is difficult to remember the opinions and thoughts you shared on sites such as YouTube, Instagram, MySpace, Twitter, Facebook and even personal blogs. It is important to remember that these sites aren’t like a private diary – they are public and can be seen and judged by others. If you state your personal opinions or certain types of comments online, it may prove dangerous to your family law case.
Social Media as Evidence for Your Case
The truth is, many lawyers handling a divorce in Miami have used social media to gather evidence in the past. Even with all the privacy settings available, your children or other members of your family may have access to a hurtful or damaging Facebook rant or words you posted in the “heat of the moment.” If someone who knows your ex-spouse saw this, they may send it to them, which may result in it being used against you during a divorce.
For example, posts that highlight you spending a lot of money may impact how many of your joint-assets you receive. Even pictures you have been tagged in during an event where there was alcohol could be seen as less-than-positive in court. It is crucial that you are aware of this part of your case and that you protect your situation and interests.
Tips to Protect Yourself Online
There are a few basic tips you should consider to protect yourself during a divorce in Miami:
- Reduce your friends list to just people who you know well and trust.
- Change the passwords on your email and social media accounts, as well as electronic devices.
- Make sure you have high security settings to keep your social accounts as private as possible (always remember, nothing online is completely private).
- Think about taking a break from social media until your divorce is final.
Before you post something that you may regret, take a step back. What is the motivation behind the comment, status, or post? The reason may be to express yourself during a situation where you feel like you have no voice. Or, you may just want to share what you’re going through with people you care about. While this is completely normal, it is not a good idea to put your divorce related business on social media.
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Social media is fun and often entertaining; however, if you are going through a divorce in Miami, then you may want to take a break for a while. To learn more, contact to an expert Miami family law attorney at The Carolan Family Law Firm, P.A.