Social Media and the Court

Social media has made is easy for anyone to keep up with those within their circle. However, what people forget is that once you post into the world, you cannot simple delete what had been posted and expect it to disappear completely.

As our generation progresses so does the court. Lately, social media has played a part in family court. Did you know is could affect your family court case? What you post on social media whether is it Twitter, Facebook or any of the other platforms, it can affect your situation in court. Post and pictures can be used as evidence against you. Nicole Sloane and Jenna Thirtle from Family Law Matters said, “Parents really do need to be careful about what they post on Facebook as these posts can be used as evidence in a parenting matter, depending on the contents of course.” Since social media platforms are part of the public domain and anyone can have access to it than it can be brought up at family court.

Just as it is important to keep your social media clean for work related reasons, the same rules apply for everything else you do especially as a parent. If you are trying to get custody make sure to double check your platforms so if does not get used against you. Posting a picture of a group of friends having a beer is different than posting on Twitter that you are about to get “lit” with the guys on Friday night.

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Overall, as attorney Michael Robbins mentions in his article, “no matter what kind of family-related dispute you are involved in, it is important to remember that your online presence could be scrutinized by the court.” In general, though you should always be aware of what you post on social media. Again, it is great to catch up with loved ones. Just keep this short and sweet!

http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/parenting/sharenting-and-divorce-how-social-media-can-affect-your-family-court-case/news-story/92dc8a56f7436784db3cce4ba83ff363

http://www.michaelarobbins.com/Articles-By-Mr-Robbins/Social-Media-And-Family-Law-Disputes.shtml

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