If you feel like smartphones have changed the way we communicate, you’re probably right. In just a few taps, we can tell all of our friends where we are at by clicking “check in” on Facebook, share our latest culinary masterpiece on Instagram, and even show off our vacation photos while we are still on vacation.
Of course, with all the good that comes with our lives, we live to share the bad. That’s why relationship troubles tend to be broadcast through Facebook or Twitter. But when these posts are written, their long term implications may not be considered; especially when they are made during a divorce or custody dispute.
Essentially, posts made on social media sites are a matter of public record, meaning that they are discoverable and available to be used against you. Suffice it to say, the Internet has become a “treasure trove” of information for spiteful spouses to find incriminating information.
Because of this, it is critical for parents embroiled in custody disputes to think twice before posting their rants online. As the use of social media has grown, the Internet has essentially become the “go to” place for information that can be exploited for a parent’s cause.
You may think that you may be safe by taking down embarrassing pictures or statements, but that’s not always the case. A vindictive parent aided by a good researcher could dig for information to torpedo your custody case.
If you have questions about what you may, or may post online, or what to do if troubling pictures or comments are already online, an experienced family law attorney can help.