Facebook, Twitter Still Aren’t Your Friend in Divorce

Blog, Family Law

This is something most family lawyers grow tired of having to say, but it bears repeating: if you’re pondering, in the midst of, or post-divorce, watch what you post on social media.

As a recent case reminds us, what you say on Facebook is fair game. So if, say, you haven’t been paying your child support, it’s probably not a good idea to pose for a picture next to a pile of money. It tends to put a dent in your “I’m destitute” argument.

Social media is such a great source of evidence in divorce court that a 2010 survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers showed that 81 percent of divorce lawyers surveyed said it was a primary source of evidence in their cases.

What’s the best way to keep your social media posts out of court? Don’t create that body of information in the first place! Don’t update your “relationship status” from Married to Single before your divorce is final, don’t post happy hour photos, keep the fact that you have a new car to yourself.

Remember the Miranda Warning: Anything you say or do can and will be held against you in a court of law.