What are some proven and successful social media strategies for a San Diego divorce? What role will social media play in your divorce and why should you pay attention to your social media activities?
It may surprise you to learn that the vast majority of divorce attorneys look to social media when searching for evidence to support the case for their client against a former spouse. It would also surprise you to learn of the number of cases here in San Diego which have been substantially impacted by evidence taken from popular social media applications such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and even supposedly “secure” and private apps.
Successful social media strategies for a San Diego divorce reduce the likelihood that you may post something, take an action or allow others to post information or pictures which can damage your own divorce case. It is quite normal for those going through a divorce to experience a range of emotions. Social media has become a standard form of expressing what’s going on in life, what you’re up to and how your feeling about things. The simple truth is this: every communication, every email, every post, every text, every voicemail and even the pictures on your own phone can ultimately wind up as evidence to be used against you. You need to have a strategy before you ever file for a divorce and follow it until the divorce is finalized.
One of the elements of successful social media strategies for a San Diego divorce is simply not to ever comment upon the divorce itself. Announce it when it’s over. Many people are surprised by the negative responses they receive from their own circle (as well as those outside it) in response to a post where they simply vent their frustrations. The best policy is not to post anything, whatsoever, to any social media site or app for the duration of the divorce process.
It is also important to make sure your friends and family fully understand this as well. Make sure they understand you don’t want anything posted about you, especially pictures. The old saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” is absolutely true in this discussion. Imagine the parent who asked to reschedule scheduled parenting time to go out with friends. A simple photo from that “night out” with a lot of drinks on the table is posted by a friend and subsequently used to make an argument that partying is more important than being a good parent, or allegations of alcohol abuse or worse.
Finally one of the most important issues to understand as part of your successful social media strategies for a San Diego divorce is never to delete a photo, post, tweet or communication from social media without discussing it with the Certified Family Law Specialists at Burke & Domercq. Also make sure to disable all GPS tracking and location access in all apps on your cell phone.