North Tampa Legal Group, PA

Social media precautions in divorce cases

On behalf of North Tampa Legal Group posted in divorce on Wednesday, April 27, 2016.

While divorce is a very personal situation, an individual going through the process in Florida might be occasionally tempted to vent on a social media page. However, it is easy to lose sight of the long-term implications of some postings, which makes it wise to consider these matters in advance. Social media and other electronic activities can create evidence that could come back to haunt an individual in a divorce court setting.

Divorce may stem from issues such as infidelity, differences of opinion over finances, or differing parenting attitudes. An individual might find fuel for their arguments in favor of divorce on the social media page of a spouse. Furthermore, such information could be introduced during litigation to support a request for a certain level of support or in seeking limited contact between a parent and child. A social media post could be harmless enough, but one’s spouse could take such material out of context to emphasize a point. For example, a post about a lavish trip an individual took could be used as evidence against his or her request to lower child support payments.

A parent could also create challenges for their children through social media activity during divorce proceedings. It may be wise for an individual to be mindful of what he or she posts for the sake of protecting his or her parental relationship.

Not all divorces are contentious, and some couples are able to work with each other to arrive at reasonable agreements in terms of property division, parenting plans and support matters. A divorce attorney could help with either mediation or collaborative divorce in such a case.