Divorce or child custody cases may involve scrutinizing the habits and behaviors of each parent or spouse. In the digital age, family law courts may look into the use of social media and networking sites to provide additional information about how a person conducts him or herself outside of the courtroom. To protect your future and your parental rights, see a Dallas child custody attorney.
According to a 2010 release from the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 81 percent of divorce attorneys reported seeing an increase in the use of evidence collected from social media sites in recent years. Facebook is the most cited source, followed by MySpace and Twitter. Even blogs, Flickr accounts, and forum posts have been used as fodder in family court.
The following are some tips to help safeguard against damaging your divorce or child custody proceedings via social media use:
- do not boast about big-ticket purchases when you are claiming financial troubles in the courtroom;
- don’t keep your old passwords, as your former spouse may be able to access your accounts;
- de-activate any geo-tagging services, as letting the world know where you are at all times could compromise your case; and
- lastly, take a good, hard look at your online activities and put yourself in the other party’s shoes to determine if he or she may interpret something negatively.
Help from a Dallas Child Custody Attorney
The legal implications of using social networking websites may be detrimental to your child custody or divorce case. At Warren & Migliaccio Attorneys at Law, we can help fully prepare you for your child custody dispute. Serving Dallas County since 2006, we will walk you through the family court process and ensure your parental rights are protected. Call us today at 888-584-9614 to schedule a consultation.