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Social Media Is NOT Private in the Court

Social media has become extremely popular over the last few years, among teens and adults alike. They post about their daily lives, share photos with their friends, and communicate with one another. It is a great tool to keep in touch with old friends and relatives that you are unable to see or speak to frequently.

One thing you need to know: Facebook is considered public in the court of law; even if the information is sent in a private message or your privacy settings are private. Social media is treated in the same manner as emails and texts. Even if information on Facebook or other social media sites is deleted, experts still have the ability to go back and retrieve it. Once you put the information out there, it’s out there permanently.

Facebook can reveal information that is harmful to the divorce proceedings. A good rule of thumb: don’t put anything online you would not like a judge to read. It’s recommended to avoid posting information about the other party, the divorce, or children. Pictures relating to what you’re doing or whom you’re with may affect custody of the child if it involves alcohol or drugs or being around a new significant other when you should be with your child.

Speaking poorly about the other party on social media can work against you as well. False statements are considered libel and the victim can legally sue you. In other matters, insults or mean comments can affect the amount you receive in child support or alimony.

At Hart Law Office, we specialize in family law cases. If you have questions pertaining to what you should or should not do when going through a divorce, contact us.

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