YES! Social media plays an important part in our world today, and there is no exception to this concept for divorce and custody cases. In 2015, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers released the results of its recent survey about the power of social media and technology in divorce cases. According to the survey, 81% of Lawyer members have used or encountered evidence taken from social media websites.
In addition to activity on social media and networking websites, emails, and texts are admissible in court. According to the survey, “a dramatic 97% of members have seen an increase in divorce evidence being taken from smart phones and other wireless devices during the past three years. In addition, an almost universal number of 99% of respondents have cited a rising number of text messages being used in cases.”
What does this all mean? The bottom is that there is no such thing as privacy. Don’t post, Tweet, text, or email anything that you wouldn’t say in person. Don’t use social media to air your personal grievances and always use discretion.