Social Media & The Law

Social media is a great way to stay in touch with old friends and friends that live far away. You can stay connected and still be a part of each others’ lives. Status updates, photos and blog entries allow you to keep abreast of current happenings and never miss an important event. However, social media has its pitfalls. This can be seen in the numerous cases of people who vented on Facebook, Twitter or other social media platforms. Once their posts were made public (some even went viral), the individuals lost jobs, relationships and other things that were important to them.

If you do post a status update that you later regret, deleting that status is not enough. Once it’s on the Internet, it’s there forever. Websites and social media are cached and these caches remain online even if you delete your original post. These tidbits of information can be recovered and used in court proceedings or other areas.

It’s important to use social media wisely. Don’t use your Facebook or Twitter account as a place to vent about your ex. This can be held against you in court proceedings and custody hearings. Likewise, if seeing status updates or photos from your ex will upset you, unfriend them and untag yourself from photos to limit exposure. In addition, before you post anything, step back and take a breath. Ensure that it won’t do any damage if it gets into the wrong hands. Much of the time, some things that seem like a good idea at the time are not such a good idea after all.

If you have questions about your use of social media or your ex’s postings on social media, don’t rely on the Internet for answers. Many sources of information online are less than factual. In addition, laws on divorce and social media usage vary from state to state. The information you find may not even pertain to you. It’s important to contact a Las Vegas divorce lawyer to get accurate answers to your questions. This can protect you from a lot of stress later.