As the use of social media becomes more common in people’s every day lives, they play an important role in finding important information pertinent to legal proceedings. This is especially true with divorce. Family lawyers in Encinitas, California (and across the country) look closely at their clients’ and rivals’ social media accounts for insight on character and behaviors that can be used as leverage in a divorce case.
A social media profile can reveal a surprising amount of detail on an individual. Social media profiles can reveal a person’s state of mind, whether they are happy/sad/depressed about the end of their marriage or losing parenting rights to their kids. Social media also provides evidence of communication, meaning it is possible to see if two parties are conspiring together or if they have been in touch or made any threats.
Also interesting is how the mobility of social media can also come into play for legal reasons. Evidence of a person’s location and time of actions can be supported by Facebook or Foursquare check-ins. Social media also shows a person’s actions, if they like a certain product, check-in to a store, or announce via their status update something they have previously denied doing.
It is important for divorcing couples to be aware of how much social media can affect their divorce case. Did you know for example that since May 19, 2011, divorce parties can be court ordered to turn over their usernames and passwords for the social media accounts.
If you are going through divorce, you will want to find a legal team who understand the power of social media and will have your best interest in mind. Contact the Encinitas divorce attorneys at The Edmunds Law Firm at (800) 431-2526, or fill out the contact form on our website.