How Social Media Becomes a Disadvantage in a Divorce Case

Social media may be one of the fastest avenues to deliver messages to people you wish to communicate with, but it’s not necessarily the most recommended medium for particular conversations. From the name itself – social media – the network is mainly designed for pure socialization – to make friends, to catch up with old pals and to update other acquaintances. However, if it is a case of dealing conversations about a divorce proceeding, then you probably have to step back a little before social media rips you off of all the favors you may get throughout the process. Trust me. Even your divorce attorney would agree that social media could sometimes ruin everything.

Online lawyer-client relationship

What’s being referred to here is purely platonic. Despite that, however, divorce lawyers and their domestically challenged clients should avoid being friends on top social networking sites. Aside from exposing such legal partnership further to the flaw-finding eyes of an opposing party and attorney, the act actually breaks the line of professionalism that needs to be always present all throughout the process between all lawyer-client relationships. Besides you don’t want to be exchanging delicate information online, do you? – which leads me to my next point.

Privacy problems

How safe is the information you put on your social media accounts? How protected are the important divorce documents you attach via Facebook? A lot of people who have gone through legal proceedings – whether under family law or not – have harmed themselves through the information and activities they have unconsciously shared in social media, which happen to be visible to other people. Aside from that, hacking is also a possibility which may be done by the opposite party you are having the legal proceeding with. That is why exchange of information through Facebook private messages or Twitter direct messages is a big no-no! For safety purposes, talk personally to your divorce lawyer about anything in a conducive location for discussion. Anything can be used against you on the internet. You have to be extra careful.

Electronic evidences

Never ever reveal your life on the internet. Anything can be stored online nowadays. Whether it comes out as a document, a receipt, a photo, a statement or any form of E-S-I (electronic stored information), some people could always find ways to have them downloaded and accessed, especially if some of these things are relevant in a divorce case in which you are involved. Your divorce lawyer might advise you to delete evidences. But the thing is that, there is a great chance that you might be identified for such act. But, really, for initial and general safety, draw a thick and distinct line between your life online and the real one.

Fake accounts

Besides looking so immature, creating a fake account to slander someone will make you look more unprofessional and a little bit desperate in your legal proceeding. Firstly, it is not ethical to do such act. Anonymity is sometimes abused by people who think they can always get away with the mess they make, but authority can always trace that with a price. A piece of advice, don’t do it. Don’t give your divorce lawyer another issue to combat with.