Social media has become one of the biggest hubs for information and communication we have ever seen. Many platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter allow us to stay in touch with one another, share ideas and pictures, and even vent our frustrations into the world. Yet, while social media can come with many benefits, there is such a thing as sharing too much, especially if you’re going through a divorce.
A divorce can be one of the most difficult situations to deal with. Make sure you handle it with the help of effective and professional representation.
A Widely-Used Approach
A recent poll by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers found that more than four out of five family law attorneys report that social media evidence in divorce cases has increased in the last six years. Why are Twitter, Instagram and Facebook posts so influential? The truth is it’s hard to argue against the accurateness of the evidence that was posted by you. If you posted something that makes you look bad, your ex-spouse can use it.
Innocent Posts Can Still Harm
It’s evident that posting pictures or statuses of extreme behavior, such as drug use or risqué encounters, will get you in trouble. However, even seemingly-innocent posts can be used against you.
Having a drink with your friends is no cause for panic, but what if you’re having a few drinks while your kids are present? Maybe your emotions get the better of you and you decide to post a snarky comment on your ex’s Facebook wall. While these may not be indications that you’re a bad parent, they probably won’t do any good when fighting for custody or visitation.
The Steps You Can Take
At Barrera Sanchez & Associates, P.C., we understand you might be weary of using social media when going through a divorce, but there are steps you can take to avoid any trouble.
“You should always be cautious of what you post online in social media,” says attorney Marcus C. Barrera, “If you have any doubt, then don’t post anything at all.”
Similarly, if you find yourself in a situation that can potentially be used against you and your friends are taking pictures and posting them online, ask them not to post or tag you anywhere.
“You need to be aware that anything you post online, or posted of you, can be used by your spouse against you in a court of law,” says attorney Edward P. Sanchez.
Let Us Take the Lead
Divorce proceedings can often be too exhausting and complicated to deal with, but don’t worry, the divorce attorneys at Barrera Sanchez & Associates, P.C. are here to help. We’ll handle your case with the utmost professionalism and regard for you and the people you love. Give us a call in McAllen if you have any questions or need additional information regarding our legal services.