Despite online privacy settings, many Facebook posts can still be seen by almost anyone in the world. Today, divorce lawyers are using such information to alter the outcomes of divorce settlements. In fact, a study conducted by the American Association of Matrimony Lawyers found that two-thirds of lawyers use social media platforms as a primary source of evidence for divorce cases.
For many individuals going through a divorce, it may be worthwhile to refrain from posting on any social media site until their case is settled. However, that may not be enough. Other people may post photos of an individual or tag them in incriminating posts. This information may help prove that an individual was committing adultery or using hidden money to purchase expensive items. There may even be pictures of a spouse with someone with whom they were having an affair.
While it may be possible to delete content from Facebook and other platforms, such information may be recovered by forensic technology later on. Additionally, Facebook may own the content and may be willing to provide it to an attorney as part of a divorce case with or without consent of the poster. However, it is important to keep in mind that a spouse or partner may not access another spouse or partner’s computer or online accounts without consent to find information.
Anyone who is going through a divorce may wish to contact a family law attorney. A lawyer may be able to review any evidence found on Facebook or other sites and help increase the odds of a fair settlement. An attorney may also negotiate a settlement outside of court, which could save time and money for all parties involved.