Social Media Posts Can Be Used Against You in a Divorce
Electronic communications have largely become the norm in our society. We keep in touch with old friends and family members via social media, we send emails to coworkers instead of walking across the office, and many people prefer text messaging to calling someone on the phone. Our constant connection via the internet and cell service is convenient, though it can also have drawbacks in certain situations, including a divorce case.
If you are facing divorce or have a pending case, it is best to stay off social media altogether, and be careful what you say to your spouse over text, email, or in other permanently recorded communications. This is an important matter to discuss with a skilled Murfreesboro divorce attorney at Dotson & Taylor.
The Role of Electronic Communications in a Divorce
Each divorce case is different, as can be how each spouse might use electronic communications and social media posts to their benefit. Sometimes, if a spouse is alleging addiction problems, wasting of marital assets, infidelity, or other misconduct, they might track social media accounts as part of their proof.
Some examples of social media posts that may be used include:
- Disparaging comments against a spouse as a parent, which can help demonstrate possible parental alienation
- Posts that make little sense or indicate mental struggles or addiction issues
- Check-ins or “tags” with someone that the spouse was alleged to have an affair with
- Photos of a spouse showing they are regularly at bars, clubs, or parties
- Indications that a spouse is making large purchases or taking lavish vacations
- Evidence that a spouse was not where they claimed to be at a particular time, such as caring for the children, attending counseling, or other obligations
Other electronic communications can also be used as evidence in a divorce case. For example, your spouse claims that you threatened them over the phone, though this can be nearly impossible to prove unless they were recording the conversation. On the other hand, if your spouse has a threatening text message to show the court that was sent from your number, the evidence can be hard to refute.
While a spouse cannot access your phone records or social media accounts without your permission to obtain evidence, anything they can access lawfully might be used against you. You might also be surprised at what they can access. For example, even if your Facebook account is set as “private” and you are no longer “friends” with your spouse, they may still see everything if they are a friend of a friend, which is likely.
Consult with Our Murfreesboro Divorce Attorneys for More Information
It is best to avoid social media posts while you have a pending divorce, and you should also watch your spouse’s accounts (if possible) for any suspicious information. At Dotson & Taylor, our divorce lawyers in Murfreesboro can advise you of what to do and not to do during divorce, so please call 615-890-1982 or contact us online today.