Will Social Media Affect My Divorce?

At Cruz & Bano, P.A., in Orlando, our practice involves much more than helping you draft the right documents for your divorce or handle a petition for relocation. Attorneys Cruz and Bano can guide you through a tough situation. At times, this includes giving you advice about what you should or shouldn't do to protect your rights and interests.

We live in a digital era. Smartphones and social media are a part of everyday life. Although they make our lives better and easier in many ways, they have their downside. Status posts, pictures, tweets, text messages and other digital data can be used as evidence in a divorce. Does this mean that you should or will have to stop using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat? How could social media affect your divorce in Florida?

Family law is not the only place where social media can cause problems. Posting incriminating pictures or statements can alert law enforcement to a potential crime, prompt an investigation and be used against you in criminal court.

Think Before You Post: Five Basic Guidelines For Social Media Use

Asking people to stop texting or using the Internet is not a practical solution, and it is not even necessary. The thing to remember about social media is that you should always "think before you post, click send or hit submit." Even if you think you have strong privacy settings, everything that you write or share can be recorded or discovered.

Below are five basic guidelines to follow:

  1. Don't write disparaging things about your spouse or your child's other parent.
  2. Don't harass your spouse or your child's other parent directly or through family and friends.
  3. Don't post questionable pictures of yourself or share stories/posts/videos with potentially offensive material that could be used to show that giving you more parenting time or responsibilities is not in the best interests of the child.
  4. Don't lie about the situation, because it makes you look less credible in court.
  5. Do make copies of texts, tweets or status updates to share with your attorney if your spouse or your child's other parent commits one of the "Do Not's" listed above.

Protect Your Rights And Interests, Starting With A Consultation

We always offer initial consultations so that you can discuss your situation with one or both of our lawyers without incurring additional costs. When you become our client, we can help you take proactive steps to make sure your divorce or other custody matter goes as smoothly as possible.

Call our office at 407-459-1293 to schedule your consultation. You can also complete a confidential form online, and an attorney will contact you. Hablamos español.