Steer Clear Of Social Media During Divorce

When you feel overwhelmed by the decisions you need to make about your child's custody, division of property and assets, housing and budgeting for spousal support, it's only natural to reach out to friends for support and guidance. If you use social media to connect with them, however, you may lessen your leverage in divorce negotiations.

At Trotto Law Firm, P.C., we have seen how one post taken out of context can cause long-term damage in an individual's life. If you are involved in a contentious divorce in New York, confrontations with an angry spouse may leave you feeling anxious and isolated. When you hire our services, you will be partnered with a compassionate attorney dedicated to lessening the drama associated with divorce.

We strive to streamline the divorce process for families throughout Monroe County and the surrounding counties so that they can feel confident moving on to a new stage in their life. Unfortunately, this transition becomes complicated when social media is involved.

These Three Reasons Show Why It's A Mistake To Post:

1. Any information you share online is admissible in court. You may think that your privacy settings will protect unauthorized individuals from accessing your updates. Accounts can be hacked. Unscrupulous individuals disguise their identity as trusted "friends." If your former spouse's attorney is computer savvy, this lawyer can obtain information that can be entered as evidence. You may then be subpoenaed and required to present this information in court. 

2. Information that you share can be taken out of context and used against you. Opposing counsel can suggest that your posts on your vacation to an exotic locale reveal your income is higher than you have declared or that you aren't spending time with your children if you are always traveling. Images of you drinking with friends can hurt your ability to negotiate during custody proceedings. The events you posted online may have been innocuous. An interpretation of those events may not be.

3. Posts that you delete are stored in a server that can be accessed at any time. All of the information that you provide online is warehoused. Technology companies take screenshots of web images and archive them for future access. Be judicious in the information that you share because you may be inevitably sharing it for a long time.

You may be drawn to social media because you can keep your friends current on day-to-day encounters. Unfortunately, this is the same reason divorce attorneys "like" Facebook and other social media outlets. While you are engaged in divorce proceedings, it's in your best interests to meet in person rather than online.

Contact Our Firm For More Valuable Legal Advice

In addition to helping you avoid social media divorce mistakes, our firm's legal professionals can work with you to resolve your divorce matters in a timely fashion. Please call our Rochester office at 585-484-9970 or message our firm. We offer free, confidential consultations.