How Social Media Can Ruin Or Help Your Case In Family Court

It might sound scary, but Facebook has become an inextricable part of your everyday lives. And if Facebook CEO’s Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony before the Senate Committee last month is any indication, we should probably be at least a little careful about what we share on the leading social media platform.

This is especially true if you are currently going through a divorce, child custody, alimony, or any other family law case. That is because whenever you share something on your Facebook page – messages, photos, posts, videos, etc. – it is all up for grabs and considered “discoverable” in family court proceedings.

Sharing your thoughts or day-to-day activities on Facebook can play a cruel joke on your success in family court. Similarly, keeping track of what your ex or spouse is sharing on his/her social media account can help you win the case proving that he or she is lying, has a problem with alcohol or drugs, spends alimony or child support money inappropriately, cheating on you, does not comply with the terms in your child custody agreement and/or can be considered dangerous for your child.

Our Salt Lake City family law attorney at the Ault Legal says that Facebook – and any other social media site, for that matter – can become a treasure trove of evidence that can either ruin or help resolve your case.

Examples of how Facebook can ruin or help your case

Examples of how Facebook can serve as a goldmine of evidence in a family law case are infinite. It is true what they say: when you post anything on your Facebook account, you automatically assume the risk that whatever you post may be used against you. And this goes beyond your public photos and postings on your timeline, as private messages and the photos or videos you share via private messaging are also considered “discoverable” in family court in Salt Lake City and elsewhere in Utah.

Also, do not forget that Facebook keeps a copy of everything you have done on Facebook. The social media platform, which was in the center of a user data privacy scandal last month, keeps track of every time a user logs in, from what location a user logs in, and the approximate latitude and longitude coordinates, among other revealing data.

Both public and private data from your Facebook account can become invaluable and critical pieces of evidence in family law cases, which is why many people choose to delete their Facebook accounts in an attempt to NOT provide compromising information. But deleting your Facebook account amid a family law proceeding – when the family court has a reason to believe that your Facebook page contains valuable evidence for the case – can be viewed as you destroying or tampering with evidence.

Therefore, if you are currently going through a family court battle, our Salt Lake City family law attorney advises you to deactivate your Facebook account until your case has been resolved and finalized, or at least discipline yourself to not share or write on your Facebook anything that could discredit, invalidate or ruin your case.

Contact the Ault Legal to find out more today. Call our offices at 801-539-9000 or complete this contact form to schedule your consultation about your particular case.