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Social media is earning its place in family law courts

On Behalf of | Dec 18, 2019 | Family Law |

Social media sites such as Facebook have become a fixture in today’s society. People share their ups, their downs and other aspects of their lives. While these sites provide most people with connections to their friends and family and a place to share their lives no matter where they are in the world, they can also provide some people with evidence against a future former spouse. In fact, evidence garnered from social media is becoming commonplace in family law courts across the country, including those here in Pennsylvania.

During a divorce, social media may not be the best place to be. Even restricting privacy settings does not guarantee that certain posts and photos would not end up as part of the proceedings. While it would more than likely be best to avoid social media all together during the proceedings, some people may not want to do so. Instead, it would be wise to avoid certain photos and posts.

For instance, anything that could make an individual appear as a less than stellar parent, such as a night out on the town after one too many drinks. Social media sites tend to lull people into believing what they post is private, but it is not. If a person would not want his or her future former spouse, or the rest of the world, knowing something, then it should not end up online, and that includes anything negative about the other party.

When it comes to family law matters, Pennsylvania residents will do what they have to in order to achieve the outcome they desire. This often means looking for evidence everywhere it can be found, including social media. Anyone contemplating divorce may want to discuss how to handle social media during the proceedings in order to make sure that nothing can be used against him or her that would jeopardize the outcome.


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