Social Media Evidence And Divorce: What You Should Know

Posted on: 13 November 2020

Social media has a little bit of everything for everyone. For people going through a divorce, it can even be a source of evidence. In some instances, the activities of a person online can be used as evidence to support a claim made within the divorce. Learn more about how social media information can be used and some of the important factors you should keep in mind.

Asset Determination

In a divorce, it is important to ensure that assets are settled fairly. Unfortunately, in some instances, spouses are not always forthcoming with the information necessary to accomplish this goal. For example, a spouse may attempt to shield their working status or even what type of property they own. 

However, the same person may update their job status online or even talk about a recent large purchase. This information may be submitted as evidence, as the assets of each person can affect child support concerns or alimony. Whether an individual posts information about their job, money they have spent, or what assets they own, this information may be used. 

Adultery Allegations

Social media information can also be used to initiate further investigation into adultery allegations. Adultery in a marriage can have a number of consequences, including the invalidation of a prenuptial agreement, a change in the awarded alimony, and many other factors. 

When it comes to adultery, speculative evidence may not be helpful. Instead, you need clear evidence. Additionally, while the information found online may not necessarily prove the allegations, this information can still be used as evidence as it can prompt further investigation. Your attorney can review the information you have and help you go from there. 

Evidence Goes Both Ways

It is important to note that the same information that you plan to use against your spouse can also be used against you. Whether you post information about a new love interest or even a post concerning your financial status, your partner can present this evidence to the court in an attempt to use it against you. 

The best way to protect yourself is to measure what you post online. If you have questions about what to not post, it is a good idea to speak with your attorney.

There are a lot of complexities when it comes to evidence and social media. To learn more about how this information can work in your case, contact a family lawyer.