The Modern Electronic World vs. The Divorce Court Room

We live in a smart, convenient, and entertaining electronic world where we can access nearly anything with the click of a button. While these advancements in technology are amazing and fun, we are also living in a world where nearly everything we do and say is being recorded or tracked in some shape or form. Even our cell phones are listening to us when we aren’t using them. Ever notice an ad pop up on your social media for something you had just been talking about? That’s because the microphone that is linked to that social media platform is turned on and listening.

Posts on social media, text messages, and emails are part of our daily routines and we engage in them without giving them much thought. In most cases, when being used responsibly and without sharing too much information, they are harmless. However, if you are married and are using these forms of communication to engage unfaithfully with other individuals, those conversations can be used against you in court. The outcome of your divorce can be affected by evidence found through your electronic engagements.

Email and text messages are admissible in court and could even be subpoenaed.  Social media posts that are made public can be used in court, even if you delete those posts once litigation has begun, it is likely your spouse has printed copies of information they deem useful to their case. Carelessly posting about expensive vacations if you claim you can’t afford to pay alimony or child support will be held against you.

It is best to lay low and stay off of social media while you are going through the divorce process. It may help to simply deactivate your social media accounts before any formal legal action has begun.