Think Carefully Before You Post To Facebook About Your Separation Or Divorce

Posting your latest cup of coffee to Instagram or tweeting your thoughts on the latest hit show are the norm for most people with smartphones these days. Even if you don't have a smartphone, the plethora of social media platforms makes it that much easier to share your reflections and important moments with the world.

As a firm that has embraced the advances the Internet has brought, Westside Family Law understands the equally pressing need to properly manage your reputation online. We can help you protect yourself from common pitfalls during the divorce process. We will also leverage evidence legally obtained from the Internet when appropriate, working with IT forensic professionals when necessary.

Avoiding Common Mistakes

The highly solitary function of posting to Facebook or Twitter often lulls a person into a sense that their comments will only really matter to their close friends and family. Even with your privacy settings in lock-down, however, what you put online can often be found, even months later.

Therefore, we recommend the following if you have begun the divorce process:

  • Do not post about your divorce online — ever.
  • Ask your friends to refrain from "tagging" you in photos. Occasionally, you may not have control over who puts photos of you online. Untag yourself if you can or politely request that your friend or acquaintance do so.
  • Be cautious about what you share and whom you share with, even offline. Better to be safe than have questionable conduct show up in Court.

By no means are we recommending that you cease your activities on social media altogether. Use common sense, and consider that putting something online is akin to having it "published" like a book or newspaper article.

Keeping At The Forefront Of Technological Change

As our lives become more integrated with technology, it is more important than ever to have a lawyer on your side who understands what these changes mean for the law and for your case. We continuously seek opportunities to learn more about technology and stay at the forefront of technological advances that affect our practice and our clients' cases.

We invite you to contact our office in Vancouver by calling 604-800-8853 to learn more about the relationship between social media and divorce.