Impact of Social Media
Social media, for better or worse, is a monster of immediacy. The issue is not “how” to get information, but rather “when” will I get information and how fast can I react publicly. Our lives are intertwined with Facebook posts, Twitter rants, and Snapchat pictures on a daily basis. Whether you’re commenting on your friend eating a sandwich with a spoon, or posting your political manifesto online, there is nothing private about social media.
At McGrath Law Firm, P.A., we understand and acknowledge the irony of blogging about this specific issue; it is not lost on us. Nevertheless, especially in our expanding digital age, social media can be a significant issue with overwhelming effects in a divorce and/or child custody case.
Social Media is Evidence in the Courts
In domestic litigation in South Carolina, our Mt. Pleasant firm frequently deals with problems that arise from social media use. Even one “tweet” or Facebook post can potentially lead to negative effects involving divorce and/or custody. While social media is most often used as an avenue to post our thoughts, feelings, and daily activities, such a universal display of yourself may cause unnecessary issues in domestic litigation.
With arms wide open, social media users enthusiastically notify their friends, family, and even complete strangers of where they are, what they are doing, and with whom they are spending their time. In divorce and custody litigation, how a spouse or parent chooses to spend their time, and who they associate with, can make or break a case from the very beginning.
Whether it is a “spur-of-the-moment” feeling or a well thought out opinion, anything posted on social media is permanently published with a time and date stamp. Trying to deny something that you have posted on social media is about as easy as riding a bike without wheels. The word “impossible” comes to mind, but even that understates the difficulty.
Social Media as Evidence Impacts A Divorce
In terms of evidence, there is nothing more incriminating than your own words. Once divorce and/or child custody litigation begins, social media is evidence. It can produce ample material that will be used against someone in a divorce and/or child custody case to affect alimony, custody, and much more. At McGrath Law Firm, P.A., we can say with confidence that if you are currently involved in divorce and/or child custody litigation in South Carolina, your spouse or their attorney will be browsing through your online profiles. Bottom line, if you would not want the judge to read it, then it is best to not write it for the world.
If you are interested in avoiding unnecessary conflict, prefer to be fully informed of your legal rights, and want your interests pursued and protected, we invite you to speak with our attorneys at McGrath Law Firm, P.A., located at 802 Johnnie Dodds Boulevard, Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina 29464. The seasoned family law and divorce lawyers at the McGrath Law Firm, founded by former federal prosecutor, attorney Peter McGrath, will walk you through every step of the challenging process of divorce, custody, and visitation to address your concerns and to achieve your goals as efficiently as possible. Call us to schedule your consultation at (843) 606-2755.