The Impact Of Facebook And Twitter In A Divorce

Social media platforms have become a part of daily life for most people. Facebook, Twitter, Vine, Instagram, Snapchat and other applications enable people to share their lives with the world, which can be problematic because nothing you post may be considered "private" in the traditional sense of the word. Even if you have privacy settings in place on your account, it is still relatively easy to access your information. Embarrassing pictures or posts involving questionable behavior can have a serious impact on your divorce case.

At the Longwood law firm of Michelle A. Barry, P.A., we know how social media can play a role in divorce settlements. Our attorney understands how to use or defend against Facebook and other postings to help you protect your interests and achieve your goals.

How Social Media Can Affect Your Divorce Case

Florida, unlike some states, does not require fault in order to be granted a divorce. This means that online evidence of an extramarital affair does not necessarily mean that you will be at an advantage or a disadvantage when your settlement is finalized. However, evidence of other forms of online behavior can have a negative impact on your settlement, such as:

  • Photos of parties involving alcohol or drugs can make it look like a parent is unfit to care for his or her children, which can play a large role when it comes to determining child custody and visitation.
  • Negative comments made about the other parent can also impact this determination. Photos or tweets made by a spouse who is on vacation or has recently made a large purchase can impact property division or spousal support terms, particularly if the spouse in question claims to have little financial means.
  • Photos of a spouse that suggest infidelity or messages between a spouse and another individual on social media that suggest an affair may be considered by a Florida judge, especially in alimony decisions. If a judge so decides, a request for alimony made by an adulterous partner may be denied.

These aren't the only ways in which social media can impact your divorce proceeding. Furthermore, every case is different, which is why you should talk to an attorney for more information.

What If My Accounts Are Set To Private?

People tend to believe that their online accounts are protected by logins, passwords and privacy settings. However, otherwise private information oftentimes becomes part of the court record during the discovery process. It is not uncommon for divorce lawyers to request social media login information when gathering evidence.

The best thing you can do is to assume that all of your postings are public and do not post anything that you would not want to see on the evening news.

Talk To A Lawyer At Our Firm

We would like you to consider the law office of Michelle A. Barry, P.A., as your guide through all aspects of the divorce process, including giving you advice concerning conduct during dissolution proceedings.

If you would like to retain our services, contact our office in Longwood, Florida, by calling 407-622-4529 (toll free 888-351-8303) or fill out this intake form. A free 15-minute initial telephone consultation is available to discuss your case. Email documents to us prior to a call for the most beneficial use of your time. In-person consultations are available at a reduced rate that will be put toward a retainer. We accept credit cards for your convenience as well.