The way in which most Americans live in a digitized world can and does have a negative impact on your own dissolution of marriage and the resulting parenting plan if you do not exercise great care in posting on social media like Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin, Twitter, Snapchat, those that swipe left or right, and even Pinterest.
A few years ago the respected American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) shared a study showing more than 80% of family law / divorce lawyers have used social media posts as credible evidence in their divorce court cases. Since the time of that study the numbers are likely higher and the breadth of what type of social media information is used has increased exponentially.
Your Tweets, status updates, job relocation information, collection of anti-spouse sayings (on Pinterest), photos of your vacations or out drinking with friends and the corresponding captions can be submitted in court for the Judge to consider. These snippets of a person’s life have successfully brought affairs and outright lies to the eyes of the court. This evidence can and does effect time sharing, alimony, division of assets, and your own credibility.
Judges have been known to order the parties to a divorce to hand over the passwords to their social media and online dating accounts to the other spouse and their counsel.
Social Media can and does effect the divorces of people across Florida and here in Brevard County. You need an aggressive, effective family attorney but you also need to manage your own activities.