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Social media profiles, such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, are increasingly used as evidence in divorce cases. More than 70% of family law attorneys reported increasing use of electronic communication and social media over the past five years. This is especially true regarding divorces involving infidelity or other significant issues.

Social Media Activity Can Be Evidence 

When using social media profiles as evidence during a divorce case, there are several things that couples should keep in mind. First, it’s important to remember that anything posted online can be viewed by anyone, even if you believe your posts are private or limited to certain individuals or groups. Additionally, most courts have ruled that any digital communications sent or received via social media may be used as evidence in a divorce case.

Using social media profiles as evidence, the posts or messages must be relevant to the litigated issues, not just salacious gossip. Additionally, any screenshots of commands must be accurately represented; so they cannot be misinterpreted or taken out of context. It’s also important to note that your spouse can use your social media posts against you if necessary.

It’s also important to remember that all communication between spouses during a divorce should remain respectful and professional, regardless of what is posted on any form of digital communication. Anything posted online that could damage either party should be avoided.  Additionally, it’s important to remember that anything posted online can be used against the poster in a divorce case, regardless of whether it was intended to be seen by anyone else.

You Can Download Your Facebook To Give To Your Attorney

Did you know that you can download your Facebook profile to give to your attorney?  This is a fairly easy process that will save a lot of time.  Rather than taking screenshots, you can download most of your Facebook Profile.  This download will primarily include your posts, messages, and interactions.  Please follow this guide to learn how to take each step to create the Facebook download file.  

Ultimately, suppose you are involved in a divorce proceeding where social media profiles may be used as evidence. In that case, it’s best to consult with an experienced family law attorney who can help you understand how your posts and messages could affect the outcome of your case. Remember to stay civil and respectful when communicating with your spouse during this difficult process.