Social media may negatively affect divorce cases in Alabama

Some people may not be able to even imagine giving up Facebook or Instagram, even for a short period of time. People of all ages in Alabama stay connected to the rest of the world through social media. However, those who are going through a divorce are advised to suspend their online activity for a while to avoid any serious repercussions from putting private things in the public eye.

In the past, divorce attorneys may have spent weeks researching the private activities of a client’s spouse. They were looking for any evidence that would help their client during alimony or custody conflicts. These days, a lawyer can discover a great deal in a matter of minutes if the spouse uses social media.

A client’s attorney may look for signs that the spouse is not being truthful about his or her finances. Posts about vacations or extravagant purchases may be used to contradict the spouse’s pleas for alimony. Additionally, spouses bragging on social media about wild partying, drug use or intoxication may find those posts used against them when child custody is being decided. Of course, until the divorce is finalized, one would not want to create a profile on a dating site at the risk of being accused of infidelity.

Even if one’s spouse is blocked, there are still ways of finding information that is posted on social media. Since social media accounts may be considered evidence during litigation, it is not recommended that one delete them. A better idea may be to simply leave them alone until the divorce is final. For Alabama clients, it is always a good idea to consult one’s attorney for guidance and advice in all matters that pertain to one’s case.

Source: The Huffington Post, “A Look at How Social Media is Impacting Divorce Cases“, William Morrow, June 23, 2016