How Social Media Affects Divorce

Posted by Kinman and Associates on May 19th, 2021

There is a growing rate of couples getting a divorce due to social media platforms like Facebook. Arguments can stem from the use of too much social media. Addiction to social media as well as improper use of it can be the catalyst for the problems in relationships. Social media can also be at the heart of divorce proceedings.

Social Media Can Be Used as Evidence in Divorce and Family Law in Burnaby

These days,  the court can accept social media as evidence. Say, for example, the dad says he is not capable of paying alimony and child support but posts photos to show a lavish lifestyle that will belie that initial statement.  His posts on social media can then be used as proof.

Screenshots of social media messages, comments, and posts on walls can also be used as evidence if there is a third party involved in the relationship. It can be used to prove adultery.

This is why it’s important to use social media wisely, especially when going through a divorce. If you are going through a child custody battle, for instance, you don’t want to keep on ranting on social media and trash-talking the other party because you might not be seen in a favorable light.

Even if you only have your friends to see your posts, these friends can take photos of your posts. You might be able to delete it but the evidence will still follow you.

Tips in Using Social Media When Going Through Divorce and Family Law in Burnaby

It’s best to avoid using social media. Try not to use this platform to update people on your divorcee and family law matters. It’s best to keep things private and just personally let the people close to you about the updates on the divorce.

Keep in mind that anything you say on social media will be used against you, so if you want to rant, just do it in a personal journal and don’t use social media. The urge to vent will be gone in a bit, so make sure you do it in a safe space like a personal journal.

Avoid staying too much on social media. There have been instances when the amount of time used on social media has been used in court and led to suspicions of cheating.

Show Photos of Your Family

If you want to use social media, use it as a way to docent your time with the kids. If you have spent the day with the kids, you can post it on social media. That way, it will be easier to keep track of how much time you spent with them, which can be good when going through family law in Burnaby.

Always hire an expert in family law in Burnaby. Kinman & Associates can better advise you on what to do.

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