Avoid Social Media during a divorce.

Do you use social media? Most adults do. Everybody has online have social media accounts these days. Many access one or more social media sites many times during the day from their computers, phones and now even their watches. What many people don’t know is that all of those online connections on Facebook, Twitter, Google plus, Youtube, Instagram and Pinterest, can add up to a startlingly detailed portrait of their day-to day-activities. That’s not a good thing if you’re heading for divorce.

Don’t Testify Against Yourself

When it comes to family law, social sharing and networking becomes cold, hard evidence that can be used in court.

A good place for a private detective to start scoping out a defendant – or even a plaintiff in family cases is Facebook. Even with the site’s security settings, it’s possible to gather all sorts of information just from seeing someone’s public profile and and their friend’s profiles and activity. Check-ins, photos, and comments can all be used to paint a picture of a cheating spouse or unfit parent.

If you’re doing something you wouldn’t want your ex to be able to use against you in court, keep it off Facebook and Twitter. Don’t trust your privacy settings to keep you 100% safe from prying eyes. Your family and friends may post a seemingly innocent picture that comes back to haunt you – with no intention of doing you harm. Double check your security settings and make sure nobody can tag you or pictures of you.

Divorce lawyers have a love-hate relationship with Facebook. They love it when their client’s ex uses poor judgment and it’s displayed for all to see,  but they hate it when they’re surprised by their own clients’ bad judgement. It can happen before you even know it.

So, think twice before posting that hilarious status update. The internet is full of of amateur and professional spies alike – all can damage to your case. It might even be a good idea to turn your social network profiles off for a while. Better safe than sorry.