Impact of Social Media on Divorce Proceedings

Couple on the social media

Millions of people daily are posting about their accomplishments, writing mundane tidbits, re-sharing funny memes, and commenting on friend’s statuses online. Nowadays, social media is a ubiquitous part of everyday life. It was built to help others connect and give people a platform to share what’s going on in their lives, but that also includes the bad, including divorce. What many are unaware of is that it can have an impact on your divorce case.

Below, our Los Angeles lawyers at TRABOLSI | LEVY | GABBARD LLP share why you may want to think twice about posting on social media in the midst of divorce proceedings.

Social Media & Divorce

Not only can social media cause the demise of a relationship, but it can affect the outcome of your divorce. The National Law Review reported that 81% of lawyers present social media evidence in court, and 66% of cases use Facebook as a primary source of evidence. The numbers aren’t lying here, which is why we caution our clients to be careful of their social media activity.

There are many ways social media can be admitted. For example, one party may post images and details demonstrating their infidelity. This can be admissible evidence that impacts alimony. If one parent strives for sole custody, he or she may try to show that the other parent is unfit by providing evidence from social media of them doing drugs or drinking alcohol around their kids.

Even if you believe your activity is private to close friends, you never know what can be shared with others and taken out of context. It’s best to err on the side of caution and stay away from these online platforms until your divorce is finalized.

If you are considering a divorce or need legal advice, our attorneys at TRABOLSI | LEVY | GABBARD LLP are here to help. We can help answer any questions you have about the potential complications that social media can create.

Reach out to our lawyers at (310) 455-8364 to schedule a consultation today.

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