Social media use can damage a family law case in Florida

On Behalf of | Jul 8, 2020 | Family Law |

There are many issues that may end up being relevant in a Florida family law case. Evidence of poor behavior from either spouse can have an impact on its resolution with child custody, child support, alimony and property division. A relatively recent factor is a person’s use of social media. While it could seem innocent, what people post may hinder their case.

Social media is checked by companies who are interviewing job candidates, those who are making new friends in real life, and by schools considering applicants. It is no surprise that it can also be part of a divorce. When getting a divorce, it may be wise to restrict using social media accounts or to limit it to clearly innocuous posts. Nearly everyone has some form of social media. A 2014 study from Boston University discovered that social media is disrupting marriages across the nation.

In a divorce filing, people might check the spouse’s social media accounts to see if there is anything incriminating that can be used as part of the case. People might commit harassment, use the spouse’s account without consent, put vengeful content online, share contradictory information from what was said in court, show evidence of hiding assets, behave in a way that shows unreliability, and present evidence of visiting places that reflect poorly on his or her character.

The opposing attorney will likely scrutinize social media to search for large and small statements to benefit the client. This is especially true in acrimonious divorces where the parties are in dispute over various issues. Some social media entities are for professional purposes and there may be evidence that the person is earning more money than he or she claims. It could lead to a different award of support than there would be otherwise. There will generally be challenges in every family law case. Overuse of social media can make the situation worse. To understand how to avoid negative perceptions through using social media and for help with other aspects of family law and divorce, legal guidance could be essential.

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