Problems with social media during divorce

On behalf of South Tampa Law Group posted in divorce on Tuesday, July 5, 2016.

People in Florida who are getting a divorce might find their emails or texts under subpoena. They should also keep in mind that their spouse’s attorney might be examining their social media profile for any discrepancies. For example, one man asked for spousal support because he did not have a job. However, on social media, he posted about his job and a vacation that he took. Another attorney was able to get more child support for his client when he found that her former spouse had listed a side business on LinkedIn that had not been disclosed in court.

Any information that a person does not want to be revealed in court should also be kept off social media. Blocking a spouse is not sufficient. A spouse might still see information on friends’ posts. If a parent appears to be drunk in a posted picture while caring for children, their custody bid could be endangered. Dating sites might also include information that contradicts a person’s claims in court.

Despite these dangers, removing social accounts altogether is not the right solution. This could lead to accusations that the person is trying to destroy evidence. A better policy is to simply avoid social media during the divorce.

A person who is arguing with their spouse in a divorce over child custody, support or property division and then sees information on social media that contradicts their spouse’s claims might want to discuss the situation with an attorney. In some cases, a spouse might attempt to hide assets. A search of social media may be useful to prove that in court.