Social media posts are admissible as evidence in most states, so review your spouse’s posts, and be very mindful of what you post during your divorce. According to the National Law Review, 81% of lawyers who review social media posts in divorce cases find evidence worth submitting to the court.
Your spouse’s posts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or TikTok can be a jackpot of important information. They may tell you what your spouse is thinking and doing. Your spouse may have posted about you, your marriage, your children or your divorce. Often your spouse may reveal their negative view of you or your parenting skills that can impact a custody dispute or provide evidence of abuse to demonstrate fault in the breakdown of the marriage. People also like to post about vacations or places visited. It may open your eyes to relationships your spouse has with third parties. Or, a third party may tag your spouse and reveal their whereabouts.
In addition to relationship information, people may brag post about recent or planned purchases which can be an indication of potential hidden assets. And, if your spouse is posting about spending large sums of money, it could be an indication that they are trying to dissipate marital assets.
Regarding yourself, be mindful of what you choose to post on social media. The list of things NOT to post on social media includes:
-disparaging or defaming comments about your spouse,
-details about the court proceeding
-pictures with a new significant partner,
-pictures of yourself partying
-pictures of extravagant vacations
-pictures of large purchases
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