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When social media comes to family court

Social media is a major part of life for many people in Kentucky, and people who process major events in their lives on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram may wish to do the same thing when it comes to their divorces. Some studies indicate that heavy social media users are more likely to divorce or become unhappy in their marriages. When those divorces move forward, however, people may want to think twice about their posts, especially if they post to a public audience or to a widespread group of shared friends. After all, 81% of divorce attorneys say they have come across social media evidence worth introducing in court.

Most people who separate receive a no-fault divorce, so people do not use social media evidence to prove infidelity. Instead, social media posts may have much more importance when it comes to property division. Some people attempt to hide assets from the family court in an attempt to walk away from the divorce with a greater share of marital property. Social media posts that show off other homes, boats or cars that have gone unreported can serve as proof that assets are being hidden. Some people may not report their cryptocurrency gains in court, but they may brag about them in a Facebook post.

In other cases, social media posts can be relevant to a child custody dispute. They could contain evidence of drug use, heavy partying or unsafe behaviors that could pose a danger to a child. They could also present photographic evidence of violations of a court order.

People may want to consider how they can protect their privacy on social media during the divorce process. A family law attorney could provide advice on how social media could affect property division, child custody and other major legal matters.

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