Facebook and Social Media in Divorce Cases
Chelmsford Divorce and Family Law Attorney
Social media has become an important part of the lives of many people in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and throughout the country. It is almost second nature to go to Facebook, Twitter or a personal blog to write about feelings and thoughts you may be having at the moment. However, if you are going through a difficult divorce, your online postings can come back to haunt you.
I am Lowell divorce lawyer Kevin Broderick, and here at the Broderick Law Firm I counsel clients on the use of social media in divorce and other domestic relations matters. I try to help my clients understand how Internet postings can affect every aspect of a divorce case, including determinations of alimony, child custody and child support. Depending on the goals of my client, I am able to defend against harmful social media evidence as well as present such evidence in my client's favor.
For effective, affordable and reliable help when you need it most, call me at 978-674-7146 or contact my law firm online to schedule a free consultation.
How Can Social Media Affect a Divorce Case?
Thoughts and feelings can be posted online instantly. Once published, they can never completely be taken back. It is so easy to post online that people tend to lose the natural filter that keeps them from saying certain things face to face. The result is that some people end up publishing emotional words, including some that amount to threats of violence against a child or a spouse.
In a divorce case, postings from Facebook, Twitter, blogs and other online media can be presented as evidence. There are now examples of cases around the country where, for example, a spouse argued in court that he could not afford to pay alimony or child support, but then wrote a Facebook status update about an expensive vacation was in planning. This kind of evidence can be used to show that the spouse was not being truthful to the court about his finances.
As a family law attorney, I am very aware of the impact social media is beginning to have on divorce. I represent clients whose spouse has written derogatory or abusive statements online. In these cases, I work to obtain those statements and present them as evidence. I also represent people who need to overcome damaging social media evidence. By presenting positive evidence, I may be able to offset harmful statements made on Facebook, Twitter or other Internet outlets.
Contact a Chelmsford Alimony and Child Support Lawyer
To discuss how Facebook, Twitter and other social media might impact you during your divorce proceedings, set up a free consultation at my office. Call 978-674-7146 or contact my law firm online. I represent people in Middlesex County and throughout the state of Massachusetts.