Millions of people across the country have accounts on Facebook, Instagram, and a host of other social media websites. Through them they can connect with their friends and family members and even stay up to date on the events that are occurring in the lives of the people that they love. Often social media is where people post about the highlights of their lives; however, what a person says on their social medial account may have an impact on how certain legal processes unfold.
For example, during a divorce a person's social media account may be used as evidence. If a person claims that they cannot pay their ex spousal support because they have no money but are found to have posted about buying a lavish vehicle or home, that evidence may refute their in-court claims. Additionally, negative comments about a partner or relationship may be considered in court as demonstrating a party's hostility and inability to compromise.
Who a person chooses to "friend" or follow on social media can also affect divorce outcomes. Recently a mother who had gained sole custody of her child had her legal matter overturned because she had become a Facebook friend of the judge in her case prior to getting the ruling. The appeals court viewed the connection as something that affected the judge's impartiality in the matter.
Everyone should be careful about what they post on social media, but those who are going through legal battles should be mindful of what they share and how it may be interpreted. Posts on social media can have big impacts on family law cases and divorce matters.