v16 – How Social Media Can Affect Your Divorce Case?

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“Here’s how social media can completely destroy your divorce case. I’m Steve Kramer. I’m a Florida family law and divorce attorney. And today we’re going to talk about the role of social media in divorce. The bottom line is everything you do in the digital world and on the internet, it’s out there. It’s in the public domain. My advice when it comes to operating a Facebook account, LinkedIn, email, Twitter, is to be very cautious. And in many, many situations the best thing that you can do – especially when it comes to your Facebook account – is shut it down during the course of your divorce. Now if you’re not willing to do that, if social media is very important to you, then you definitely need to be careful. One: you want to limit access. Alright? That means definitely changing passwords. Because you don’t want your spouse snooping in there if they’ve got your password.

You don’t want anybody hacking in there. Make sure you got a good, strong password that is updated. Two: be aware of posting. Be aware of what you post. Know that anything you post other people can see. And your spouse doesn’t have to see it. It can be their friend, it can be somebody else. Anybody can see it. And aside from that, those records might get subpoenaed. That means you might be ordered to turn them over, even if nobody that you could possibly foresee looking at it can see it. It’s still might come into play in your case. Now the other thing you have to look at is not only your postings, but other people’s postings. Somebody else can post something on your Facebook that can be detrimental. Maybe you were having an affair or you were in another relationship outside of your marriage. And they post information, “Oh Honey, thanks for taking me on that vacation.” And they think it’s OK because you’re separated from your spouse.

It’s already out there, the divorce has been filed. Well, I’m here to tell you that’s not the case; it can have a negative impact on your divorce case. Another thing you might want to look out for is watching your geolocator. Alright? If you’re using applications that have a geolocator (meaning they tell people where you’re at), well that could expose you to some problems. You might not want your spouse to be aware of where you’re going when you’re leaving, what you’re doing, how you’re earning your money, whatever. You’re going to have to turn over lots of records, there’s no reason to open yourself up for additional exposure. So be cautious. I’ve seen social media have a huge impact, especially in the past 3 to 4 years. It has changed the face of divorce. So be very, very careful when it comes to social media. Why am I telling you this? Because I deal with these issues every day. I’ve seen the impact that social media can have on divorce cases and I’m here to help. If you have any questions, give me a call. I’d love to talk to you.

I’m Steve Kramer. Thanks for watching.”

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