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Texas divorce influenced by social media?

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

It's easy to forget in a world dominated by social media platforms that not everything posted on the Internet is private. In fact, according to some sources, anything posted on websites like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram can be accessed with little to no effort. Texas divorce cases can be profoundly influenced by just a single misplaced post, so experts are urging caution and discretion when posting online during a divorce.

It is important to remember that texts, emails and online posts are admissible as evidence in Texas courts. That means that a single post containing critical information could influence the discussion at the negotiation table. Exposing hidden assets could be as easy as an ill-timed vacation photo, for example, and of course infidelity is notoriously easy to uncover with a little time online.

A personal profile may also not be as secure as it appears. Even if a spouse has been blocked, mutual friends who feel compelled to "take sides" in the divorce may still be able to see the other spouse's posts and share that information with the blocked party. It may not even be possible to plug all the holes generated by website associations and friends of friends.

Ultimately, experts say, the key to conducting oneself appropriately and safely online during a divorce is discretion. It is helpful to consider the following: if the information in the post is not information that should be public knowledge, don't post it. Those experiencing a Texas divorce may benefit from keeping a savvy eye on their online presence to ensure they are not saying more than they mean to.

Source: Forbes, How Social Media Can Affect Your Divorce, Jeff Landers, Aug. 20, 2013

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