Facebook can be a great way to connect with friends and loved ones on a daily basis. However, Facebook can also open doors to the discovery of information that you never realized can ultimately come back to haunt you. A recent study reported that Facebook was mentioned in over 30% of divorce cases last year. It is important to realize what the public forum can mean to your divorce.
Many different scenarios can come into play when it comes to your social media and your divorce case. For example, if your spouse is claiming that you are an unfit parent because you have a drinking or a drug problem, they will need to provide proof of this. You may tell the judge that these are lies. However, if you have multiple photos of you partying and drinking posted on your Facebook account, it can hurt you. This is just one of many examples of how a seemingly innocent act of fun can be turned against you.
When you are in a relationship, it is very likely that both of you will be Facebook friends with many of the same people. This can also be detrimental especially if one spouse decides that they should air all of the dirty laundry over the internet. Angry status messages filled with foul language can be held against you if your spouse is saying that you are an unfit parent because you have anger issues and bad coping skills when it comes to stress.
Social media can be a lot of fun and a great way to connect with people that we do not have the chance to see on a daily basis. The general rule is that you should never put things on the internet that you do not want to come back to haunt you later. If you are going through a divorce, or are having issues involving child custody, contact an Illinois divorce attorney to protect the interests and rights of you and your family.