Social media is a wonderful way to connect with old friends and stay connected with new ones and family. Myspace has been around a while, facebook has become a phenomenon and tweets are going out into the world every second of every day.
But, if you’re going through a divorce or custody litigation; you need to be careful what you put out there. Just because your ex or ex’s family are not on your “friend’s” list, doesn’t mean they won’t find out what you’re saying. They do. All the time.
Big deal. Who cares if they know you think they’re the scum of the earth? You will if everything you’ve typed into cyber-world becomes evidence in a court case.
It’s human to get angry and want to vent. To get something off your chest. But call your best friend (when the kids are out of the house) and vent all you want. Don’t put it in cyberspace where it will live forever.
How many times have you said something you wish you could take back? At least if you’ve said it, it doesn’t come back in black and white to haunt you for eternity.
How can you say you’re the good parent, trying to co-parent when all your posts are viciously accosting the other? Well, you can say it, but it won’t really matter to the court. What will matter is what can be proven.
Did you have a really great time at a party or out clubbing? Want to upload those pics of you getting smashed so your friends will know how “cool” you are? Better think twice or even thirteen times about that before you do. Think about that image and then the one you’re trying to portray to the court.
Don’t think that you can tell the court you don’t party, don’t drink, don’t do drugs and your priority is your children when your myspace page has a picture of a marijuana leaf on it and pictures of you out partying on days you’re supposed to have your kids.
Attorneys in Fort Worth have successfully been able to get pictures and content from medias such as myspace and facebook admitted to court. And, even if they don’t, it’s more than likely during a social study the caseworker will stumble upon these.
Anything they find will be reflected in their reports to the court and will have an impact on their recommendations and on a Judge’s ruling.
So, be careful what you let out into the world. You never know when it will come back to sink it’s teeth into you.
*This article is not intended as legal advice. If you need legal advice, please consult with an attorney.
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