How Private Are My Social Media Pages?
December 15th, 2019
Through the discovery process, the other side has a right to all your social media accounts, whether you have them on a privacy setting or not. You should always keep that in mind and expect that all e-mails, text messages and posts on your social media (whether that be twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.) could be looked at by the opposing party, oppose counsel, and/or a Judge or Magistrate in Court. Magistrates and Judges tend to get inundated with text messages, various social media posts, and emails. They will then use those to help make their decision about your credibility and the issues in your case. This can effect both child custody issues as well as money issues (asset distribution, alimony, child support and an award of counsel fees.)
While every case is different; below are some general guidelines to follow in any litigation situation:
Do not threaten to physically or verbally abuse your spouse or children in person or in writing. Never say or write down anything to others that you wouldn’t want your spouse, their attorney or a Magistrate or Judge to hear. Never try to hide evidence or assets and remember that there is a paper trail for everything. Also, make sure you never throw away financial records or other possible evidence.
Every matter is different so if you have further questions or concerns, our office offers in-person and virtual consultations and mediations using Zoom, Skype, Facetime, and telephone. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys if you have additional questions or would like to discuss your options in more detail.