In recent years it has become common practice in family law cases to use social networking sites as tools to gain evidence in divorce, child custody, and child support cases. Facebook and Twitter are amongst the top social media sites used by individuals to express their daily thoughts and to vent to the cyber-world about their pet peeves and life’s’ injustices. Then there are other sites like LinkedIn and other business networking sites where people promote themselves professionally. Many people who are in the process of a divorce, child custody and/or support case thoughtlessly put their life out there on the Internet through Facebook, MySpace, Instagram, Twitter and other forms of blogging and social networking. Although social media can be entertaining, informative, and innocent, these sites can also be detrimental to your case. Here are ten of the most typical types of social networking posts that can negatively impact your case:
It is crucial to point out that while you are posting information on your social networking site, your ex-spouse and his/her lawyer may be printing it out to use against you! Why give them any ammunition? Consider taking a complete break from social media or staying away from posting personal matters while you are going through any case that could affect your family’s future. At a minimum, you should carefully consider the potential impact of whatever you post before posting or being tagged in photos. If you do find yourself needing an attorney to resolve any legal family matter, contact Attorney Lori A. Michaud at (757) 395-4017 to see what legal options are available and appropriate or for more information go to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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