The role of social media seems to have permeated many aspects of daily life for all ages. Statistics also point to a growing role of social media in divorce cases. Maryland couples going through divorce may want to consider the role social media may play in their own divorce and possibly follow a few tips as to how best to handle social media during this time.
One piece of advice couples may want to consider is how social media postings can make a divorce more complicated. Everyone should realize anything they post online can potentially come back to haunt them or be used against them. This is why it is highly recommended that couples do not post details impulsively and that they also take a look at their current privacy settings and revise as necessary.
It is also notable to mention that communications between clients and their attorneys should not be discussed on social media sites. Attorney-client privilege can actually be at risk if posting explicitly expressed communications shared between a client and their attorney. Someone who wants to use your own words against you can very easily do so if those words are in the Internet for all to see.
Just as how a client behaves in public can give insight into their personality and motives, so can how they interact publicly online. While the laws pertaining to admittance of social media postings as evidence in court are still evolving, misconstruing images or misinterpreting social media statuses or activities can impact how someone going through a Maryland divorce may be seen in court. It is always best to consider the consequences of any public or online actions during divorce.
Source: wtop.com, Navigating social media during a divorce, Neal Augenstein, Sept. 9, 2013