How often have you heard someone say that a new relationship or a break-up isn’t official until it’s posted on Facebook?
In today’s hyper-digital society, it’s easy to expose private details of your life in very public places, and attorneys who practice in the area of family law are keenly aware of this. As a result, social media websites are now fair game for gathering information and evidence to use against the opposing party.
If you’re separated or contemplating a separation, here are some social media do’s and don’ts to help protect your family law case:
1. DO set all accounts to the highest available privacy setting so that only your friends can see the information on your page.
2. DO closely monitor all comments made and all photographs posted on Facebook pages or any other social media pages.
3. DON’T make disparaging or derogatory remarks about your spouse or your ex-spouse on any social media pages – your own or those of others.
4. DON’T discuss any aspect of your family law case on any social media website.
5. DON’T vent about your case on social media – and be equally careful with texts.
6. DO remove any questionable pictures, videos, comments, or blogs that could potentially damage your case.
7. DO remember to closely monitor all social media including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, personal blogs, Flickr, Instagram, or any other web albums.
8. DO Google yourself using both a basic web search (remember to put your name in quotation marks) and an image search to ensure your privacy is being protected.
9. DO limit the amount of time you spend on social media while your case is pending.
10. DO remember that almost anything posted online can be used against you by the opposing party in a court of law.