Today is a social media world. Most people use text messages, email or socical media such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Linkedin on a daily basis. Although they provide a simple and efficient method of communicating with friends and loved ones, electronic communication can be dangerous for individuals who are going through a divorce or child custody battle. It is always important to keep in mind that an angry email or social media post may be submitted to a family court judge for his or her consideration. Unfortunately, a racy photo, bragging about an expensive trip, pictures and posts of your wild social life (especially on days when you are supposed to have the kids), a public rant about what a bad person your ex is or text messages cussing out your ex can have a dramatic impact on your credibility before the court.
When going through a divorce, it is necessary to remember that a family law judge may read everything you say about your ex-spouse electronically. According to data recently released by the American Association of Matrimonial Lawyers, more than 80 percent of divorce cases in 2012 involved evidence taken from a social media account. In addition, more than one-quarter of all divorcing spouses allegedly made damaging claims or said negative things about their former spouse online.
Individuals who are going through a divorce or tough custody battle should always refrain from committing their anger to writing. No matter the situation, no one should be blamed or told off via email, text, or other electronic means. In fact, it is a good idea to wait at least 24 hours before sending or posting anything that may be read in a harsh light. A good rule of thumb is to never post or say anything online or through text or email that you would not want the judge to read.
Each year, many Florida couples find themselves in the midst of divorce proceedings. The host of emotions that can accompany the dissolution of a couple’s marriage often feels overwhelming. Additionally, the financial damage that can result from end of a marriage can be distressing. You don’t have to face the divorce process alone. If you are in the midst of a contentious divorce or child custody battle, you owe it to yourself to discuss your rights and obligations with a quality divorce lawyer.
Orlando attorney Andrew G. Storie is a divorce and family law lawyer who serves all of Central Florida. For more information, or if you have questions please visit www.storielaw.com or call us at (407) 838-0887.