Does your Social media tell a different story?
Social media can be your friend, but it can also be your enemy in a family law case. Your behavior online can be just as much evidence of good parenting as it can be of bad parenting. Protect yourself by following these tips and contact us at the Millard Law Firm if you’re wondering if a social media post is appropriate or how to preserve a social media post for use during litigation. Our legal team has the in-depth knowledge and extensive history of success to handle your complex family law matter.
1. Might be obvious, but never share private information about your case on social media.
Family law is emotionally hard for everyone involved. It’s okay to ask for sympathy from friends, but when you invite the world to witness or speak badly about your soon-to-be ex, that can backfire on you. The court reviews your willingness to support your children’s relationship with the other parent and how cooperative you might be in co-parenting. Negative posts about the other parent can potentially paint a nasty picture in court and label you unstable or uncooperative.
2. Be conscious of new posts - yours and your friends.
In the right place and time, a glass of wine or a beer at dinner can be okay, but when your drinking habits are under examination, your innocent post can be used as evidence against you in court.
3. We all love a vacation or a new car, but not when you’re missing child support or alimony payments.
Updating your friends and family about your relaxing vacation or a new set of wheels seems harmless enough, but when child support or alimony payments are not being met, penalties ensue such as suspension of driver’s license, termination of parental rights, and potentially incarceration.
4. Don’t Delete. It will be found
Nothing on the internet is really gone forever and will be uncovered or sanctioned as spoiling evidence (deliberately, negligently, or accidentally destroying evidence.) Deleting incriminating social media posts can lead to more serious ramifications than if the evidence were presented to the court.
5. Contact Millard Law, award-winning, Divorce and Family Law Attorneys
If you are unsure. It’s always best to ask a professional. You can count on our attorneys to provide you with the compassionate support and tenacious advocacy that you require at this time. With over four decades of legal experience, we have seen how social media can impact your case and can offer you the best legal advice to prepare you for litigation.