When a marriage ends, it is not always amicably. Emotions often run high, which can set the stage for a contentious court battle. This is where social media has gained popularity as evidence in a divorce, so Texas residents might want to consider what they put online before and during the proceedings.
The connections that social media provides Texas residents are the same ones that could be a liability during a divorce. What may seem like an innocent post could end up being used against one of the parties in court. For example, a picture taken of a parent with a drink in his or her hand could be used to imply that he or she is not a fit to have primary custody of the children. Talking about money could affect spousal or child support.
It is not enough to break the online connection with the other party. During the marriage, many people are connected to each other’s families and friends. A person might not be able to delete a post or photograph fast enough before it is shared with the other party. Disparaging comments about the other parent can also be used in court.
With the advent of social media, many people no longer need to hire private investigators to find evidence of actual or perceived impropriety by a party. Texas divorce courts have seen so much of this evidence in recent years that it is widely accepted. Minimizing a social media presence during the divorce proceedings is often recommended in order to avoid the content ending up as evidence.
Source: timesofsandiego.com, “Remember: Social Media Can Embarrass You in Divorce Court“, John Griffith, May 13, 2016