Divorces and Facebook Do Not Mix

Divorce Drama and Social Media

Social Media, and Facebook in particular, has changed the way we communicate.  The term “Facebook Drama” has entered our modern language and become synonymous with contentious presentation of information over the Facebook website.

The implications of a simple relationship status change from “in a relationship” or “married” to “single” can send digital shockwaves across a social group.

A divorce can be the most contentious and dramatic event that someone may experience.  It may seem natural to talk about, complain, vent, or bad mouth the other side through what’s become a normal communication channel in our society.  This is never a good idea.

Interesting Article on the Use of Social Media in Divorce Cases

This article on Social Times does a great job laying out how social media can be used in divorce cases: Social Media and Divorce

The article identifies four major areas that social media information has been used in family law and divorce cases:

  • A person’s state of mind
  • Evidence of communication
  • Evidence of time and place
  • Evidence of actions

You can imagine how differently some people would talk or behave in these situations if they knew that what they’re posting could be evaluated in the above way.

Some may be thinking: “They can’t do that.”  Oh yes, they can.  There is no “reasonable expectation of privacy” on social media, like there is with other activities in your home.  In other words, a judge may order you to produce passwords and anything else needed to access your accounts and what you’ve written.  The information on your social media pages is treated the same as other, more traditional forms of evidence.

What to Remember with Social Media and Family Cases

The take away message: Anything placed on any social media, whether it be Facebook, Twitter, or any other outlet is easily accessible.  This includes people who may work against your interests.  Social media information is admissible evidence in court.

Never say anything related to a family case or an anticipated case, divorce or otherwise on any social media outlet.  You can only potentially be giving the other side information which could be used as evidence against you.

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Hello. I'm Matt Majeski. I'm a divorce lawyer and family law attorney. In 2009, I founded Majeski Law, LLC. Equipped with a degree in Law & Psychology, I decided to focus my law practice solely on divorce and family law matters. Although I serve individuals throughout the state of Minnesota, most of my clients live in Ramsey, Dakota, Washington, Anoka, and Chisago county. I've been Co-Chair of the Family Law Section of the Ramsey County Bar Association since 2014. In addition, I've been an active member of the Minnesota State, Ramsey County, and Washington County Bar Association since 2009, and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts since 2012. Besides volunteering at the Washington County Legal Advice Clinic, through the Volunteer Lawyers Network (in Minneapolis, Minnesota) I've also been able to serve a number of individuals pro bono in several civil matters. When I'm not practicing law, my two daughters keep me busy running around, stepping on Legos, and playing computer games. In addition, those who know me on a personal level, know I have a deep appreciation for Star Wars and Tootsie-Rolls, and that I humor my wife's love for, The Packers.