Facebook and Family Law

Social Media and privacy.

Most people these days have one or more social media account, whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, or whatever it is the kids are using these days. People love to share minute to minute updates on their lives (myself included). But beware, what may seem like an innocent post may become evidence in your divorce, child custody, or civil case.

If you’re involved in any sort of legal matter, shut these accounts down. If you just absolutely cannot live without Instagramming your dinner, set your profile to private. Even then, don’t post anything you wouldn’t want your grandmother to read (always good advice, even when you’re not involved in any sort of litigation.)

 

The Downside

Florida family law attorney Carin Constantine says in an interview with WTSP TV in St. Petersburg FL  hat she uses Facebook in 90% of her family law cases. According to Constantine, she goes to www.images.google.com, types in the person’s name and searches through every single page of returns. She claims she can find pictures that have been deleted from Facebook or Instagram.    “Those pictures are still accessible by us, and we can still print them and we can still use them as evidence in your divorce case,” Constantine said.  And that printed piece of paper can be attached to a motion or used as direct evidence at trial.

If you think there may be a few pictures of you on the internet playing beer pong, let your lawyer know. Believe me, I’d rather know what’s coming so we can be prepared.

 

The Upside

In the past, I’ve scanned my client’s social media accounts for candid pictures of good times, random shots of the home, and statuses about any activity involving their children. Facebook and Instagram can give me an idea of a day in your life. When the other parent says they did all the parenting, but my client’s account is full of check ins at school, doctors offices, and playgrounds, I have proof of who was there and who was not.

Contact the Lucci Law Firm for help with all of your family law needs.