As technology has permeated nearly every aspect of our world, information about our personal lives has become much more public. In the context of divorce, this information, usually found on one or more social media platforms, can offer opportunities to both sides. This may be especially true when it comes to child custody disputes.
Offensive use of social media posts
Your child’s other parent might present well in court, but there’s a decent chance that his or her social media profile paints a different picture. Pictures and statements regarding substance abuse or financial insecurity, for example, can help you demonstrate that the other parent isn’t appropriate for physical custody or even visitation. So, keep your eyes open when it comes to social media posts and make sure that you’re preserving them when you come across them. This might mean printing it out, taking a screenshot, or downloading a video.
Defending against social media posts
You also need to be prepared to defend against the use of social media posts. You might be able to knock them out due to evidentiary issues that your attorney can advise you of, or you might be able to provide some context to the post in question to minimize its impact. Also, once you start thinking about divorce, try to refrain from using social media. After all, skilled attorneys can twist your words and images against you.
Getting the help you need
Social media has presented some real legal challenges in family law. As a result, you need to be prepared to use social media evidence to your advantage. Doing so successfully, though, often requires legal know how. This is where the assistance of a skilled legal advocate may prove beneficial, as he or she can diligently work to better ensure that powerful evidence is admissible, you are protected as fully as possible, and you have the leverage you need to negotiate a favorable resolution.