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4 things to know about social media and family law

Social media is a huge part of daily life for many people. Most people use these websites as a way to keep in contact with family members and friends. Some people use it to rant about experiences or to rave about excursions.

If you are going through a divorce, child custody case or any other family law matter, you must remember that everything you say or do on social media can impact you. Essentially, if you wouldn't want it published on the front page of the newspaper, don't post it.

#1: Perception is everything

You must think about how people might perceive your content when you post it. If there is a chance that someone will think negatively of the content, it is best to keep it away from your social media accounts. Take a few minutes to think about this before you make any posts. A picture of you on a lavish vacation might have an impact on the property division aspect of a divorce. A post about your frustration with your children might affect a child custody case.

#2: Posts, pictures and comments matter

You must think about posts, pictures and comments. The issue of comments is especially important because you usually can't control the audience that can see your comments. There is always the chance that someone involved in your case will see the comments.

#3: Know your audience

Know who can see your posts. In most cases, you can set a post or picture for a specific audience. Make sure that the posts and pictures aren't public for the entire world to see. As you think about the audience, stop and think about who might know someone involved in your case. If those people might share the status, picture or comment with the person, think twice about posting it. Remember that it is possible to take screenshots to share.

#4: Uncovering facts the right way

Parties who are going through any family law case, including child custody and divorce cases, might be able to find out information about the other side of the case through social media. Using investigators can help you to find out this information in a legal way. At no time should you try to stalk an ex or hack a social media profile to find the information you seek. This can backfire if you are caught!

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