You’ve just divorced and posted the news on social media? Your ex’s lawyer can use it against you in the court! With the growing social media use, lawyers are now turning to it more often to look for clues which can support their cases. And they do find a lot, so here is how you and your attorney can use the internet in a divorce.
What can be learned from social media accounts?
A typical account contains information about your contact, daily routine, interests, workplace, locations, conversations and lots of photographs. All these can be brought to court by your lawyer to prove that your spouse was at a certain location or that he is sharing interesting sexting with another person. Photographs are probably the most important evidences, as they can make or break a claim.
One of the most obvious examples is posting photographs of you dancing when you are taking your employer to court, suing him for personal injury which left you unable to walk.
The case described above is just a simple one, but most of the times people are more cautious with their information, so the attorney might need to spend lots of time on someone’s account before finding something useful. But most attorneys who made a habit of using evidences from social media in divorce cases already have someone to help with the IT problems. And if they can’t access the accounts, they can always obtain a court order which asks for the passwords, making everything public.
Since 2010, social media had been a key factor in over 700 cases and the number is growing. The fact about 90% of all persons under 30 years of age use social media is extremely helpful for savvy lawyers who know where to look for.
Look out for those mutual friends
The friends’ network is a gold mine for divorce attorneys! You might have been restricted from seeing your ex’s posts, but your network of friends will still be able to keep up with your former spouse. In legal terms, if the spouse is checking in from Switzerland, while he comes to court claiming he can’t pay child support, he is going to pay a lot for his latest social media update.
There is more: your posts can reveal more than your latest holiday. Your posts and emails can be used as proof for false statements in the court, which takes it all to another level.
Rules apply to both parts
While you can advice your lawyer to check your ex’s accounts, he can do the same thing, so keep an eye on what you are sharing. Everything written in emails, posts and depicted in instagrams can be used in court and seen by the judge. If you are also dealing with custody claims, things are even stricter. You can’t afford to do mistakes while divorcing, so you should forget about posting for some time. Even if you are an honest person, with nothing to hide, you might get in trouble for a post.