The best thing you could do would be to refrain from using social media completely during your family law case. In today’s day and age, that’s not always possible. It is always best to consult with your attorney before using social media, but in the meantime, here are a few tips:
It’s Okay to Keep Close Friends and Family Updated –Privately
During this process it is important to have a strong support system of close friends or family members. It is understandable to want to keep them updated with how your case is going; however, this should be done privately. Good options are talking over the phone or in person, rather than letting the whole world know (or at least your 500 closest Facebook friends).
Keep Your Accounts Secure
In a situation like a divorce or a child custody battle the opposing counsel may try to access your online profile. It is important to make sure that you have logged out of any social media on shared computers, phones, or tablets, and update passwords. This minimizes the risk of snooping or sabotage of your social media accounts.
Do Not Delete Existing Content
While it may be tempting to delete all posts or comments that may show you in a negative light, once litigation has started you are obligated to have all posted information available in some form. If there is a specific post or comment that you are concerned about, speak with your attorney about how to handle the situation.
Think Carefully Before Posting
Consider the fact that any post could later become an exhibit in court. Attorney Van Smith recently had a case where his client was questioned over music pages and activities photographed that opposing counsel argued were inappropriate. While likely unfair, it bears keeping in mind.
You don’t have to do this alone. The stakes are too high, and mistakes could be permanently damaging. The right guide can coach you through and ensure you navigate the potentially dangerous waters of social media while your case is in progress.
Our firm is ready to help you. Please call one of our offices at (804) 325-1245 (Richmond) or (757) 941-4298 (Williamsburg) to speak with an experienced attorney.