Just as social media is becoming a larger part of people’s lives, it is also starting to affect the way that divorces are handled. Communications on the Internet, including emails, text messages and posts on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, can be used as evidence during a divorce.
Even if an individual has secured their accounts, communications may be subpoenaed during a divorce. A person may be able to delete their posts and messages, but their spouse may already have copies of them. Further, deleting social media accounts and messages often makes it look like a person is trying to hide something incriminating.
In some cases, the best bet may be to avoid online communications or to create new accounts and stop using old ones. Further, when people post messages on public forums, like social media, they should consider how and if what they say could be used against them during a divorce. To prevent a spouse from accessing online accounts, individuals should be sure to use strong passwords, change them regularly and not allow their spouse to have access to their computer or mobile devices.
While there are laws that determine how matters related to a divorce will be handled by the court system, you may be able to have more control over how divorce goes if you opt for a mediated divorce. Mediation allows couples to choose how to divide up their assets and debts as well as make choices about spousal and child support on their own. A lawyer could explain the differences between litigated and mediated divorces, and they could argue on a client’s behalf in either setting.