What You Should Know About Social Media & Divorce

What You Should Know About Social Media & Divorce

A recent report made by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers found that the word “Facebook” is mentioned in one-third of all divorce filings. Surprised?

While social media sites have become an important part of how people interact in today’s world, an increasing number of divorce filings are including mentions of online relationships. It is also not uncommon for spouses to overshare sensitive information on Facebook, Instagram, or other social media outlets that could contribute to the end of their relationships. This is so common that divorce lawyers often use internet posts as evidence in their cases.

Social media, no matter what you feel about it or how you use it, is playing an undeniable role in the breakup of marriages and families. Whether a person means to or not, it is easy to overshare information without fully considering the potential consequences.

Here’s what you should know about social media and divorce:

  • Don’t post anything online that you would not want your spouse to see. It is usually never a good idea to “vent” online, because you never know who might see it.
  • Make sure what you say online reflects what you would say in person. It can be easy to say something behind the comfort of a computer screen, but is it something that you would say to a person face to face? If not, it may be best to rethink your post.
  • Don’t let privacy settings lull you into a false sense of security. Just because you aren’t Facebook friends with a person and have a private profile does not mean that information can’t get back to someone through the grapevine. On many occasions, people have been caught in lies through their friends’ posts and photos.
  • Even emails and text messages may be admitted as evidence in court. Anything sent digitally in writing can potentially be read by a judge!

Social media can provide useful information on your spouse during a divorce. Remember, though, that your spouse’s attorney is advising them similarly, so be mindful of your own online activity as well. Exercise discretion at all times.

To get in touch with an Oregon divorce lawyer, contact McKinley Irvin at (503) 395-0244.

Categories: Divorce, Family Law

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