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Florida Family Law and Social Media Risks

April 19, 2020 by in General

Over the years, you may recall your friends, spouse, or even parents cautioned you as to what you post on the internet, or what you write through text message or email. Or, as a parent, you recall giving this lecture to your child so that they’re aware that once something is on the internet, it’s out there forever.  This is the same advice lawyers tell clients.

With social media becoming more prominent in today’s day and age and text messaging is one of the most common forms of communication, going through a divorce has become even more complicated as spouses are now introducing social media and written communications into evidence.

If you’re going through a divorce or trying to get timesharing of your child, it’s imperative to be cautious as to what you’re posting and what you’re saying. Your social media can be used as evidence to prove things such as your spending or income, or who you’re spending time with. How does showing what you’re spending have anything to do with your divorce or timesharing you ask? Well, if you’re claiming to have a low income to avoid high alimony or child support payments, but you’re posting pictures of lavish vacations or purchase, this can be used against you in court.

The best thing to do if you’re going through a divorce or timesharing battle is to just stay away from social media during these proceedings. If using social media, remember to be cognizant on what is being posted, and remember that anything you put in writing can be seen in court.

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