When things get rough, you can turn to social media to lift your spirits. You can play, socialize, look up people, follow celebrities’ lives, do business, and virtually do whatever to be entertainment. But there is more to your posts, comments and photos than being a fun online log.
Facebook and Divorce Cases
As it turns out, the favorite social network of 71 percent of American adults can become the very tool that leads them to divorce.
Facebook has been used in a third of all divorce proceedings mainly as a source of evidence. Social media has become an online diary where everyone records their lives, and it is but normal to catch a glimpse of misbehaviors or inconsistencies in this so-called public notice board.
Courts are convinced of the legal value that posts, comments, pictures and geo-tags can do to solve cases. As most information here becomes public domain, it can be a vast source of evidence thanks to over-sharing that people do in their Facebook accounts.
Think Before Clicking
But before you aggressively browse your partner’s timeline and stalk all his over a hundred friends, get legal advice from a family lawyer and find out the implications of such actions. Some firms offer services to do the tracing using Google and social media. This way you can fully utilize the internet to support your claims.
As much as social media is helpful in resolving divorce cases, legal advisors warn people to be aware of the information they leave about themselves on the internet. Every information online becomes digital footprints that can be traced and they do not easily disappear.
A little tech savvy can reveal foul play and a concrete proof that can affect the tides of a case. Even the slightest post that does not point to an affair, like if a partner refers to an impending bonus or posts about non-existent holiday plans, this may lead to credibility issues and affect the case.
This is another area of life touched by the powers of social media. Whether you are filing for divorce or the receiving end of a court order, your Facebook and other social media accounts have bearing.