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Could social media content factor into a divorce?

| Apr 1, 2021 | Family Law

Social media changed the way people around the world interact with one another. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram draw billions of enthusiastic people to interact with friends, family, would-be customers, or even an audience of admirers. Sometimes, people don’t realize that using social media documents activity, and those messages, posts, and even “likes” could come with later regrets. Louisiana estranged couples may see social media material entered into evidence in divorce court.

Social media evidence in Louisiana divorces

Louisiana offers both no-fault and fault-based divorces. Messages on social media may factor into either type of proceedings. The discovery of an affair through social media messages might deliver evidence that proves fault.

Social media activity could factor into the evidence presented in a no-fault divorce. Couples might negotiate their separation, and issues such as spousal maintenance and child custody amounts may reflect a severe part of negotiations. Social media content could provide insights into each spouse’s income levels, which might affect negotiations.

Social media activity could provide insights into a spouse’s emotional state and behavior. Temperament may influence the court’s decision on visitation rights and more.

Social media activity itself could be the root cause for a divorce. A spouse that spends too much time on Facebook may contribute to problems in a marriage.

Social media and its role in divorce proceedings

Data reveals that a significant percentage of divorce cases in the United States feature social media evidence. Such evidence doesn’t come with many hurdles to procure and is often public information. And yes, the material could turn out to be quite revealing.

Not everyone uses discretion when posting on social media. Once someone makes a public post, then it might be too late to reverse the negative impact. That said, not all evidence might be admitted in court. Some states even have rules regarding the inadmissibility of illegally procured social media evidence.

An attorney could explain the legality and feasibility of admitting social media evidence into divorce proceedings. The attorney may also discuss how specific evidence might impact negotiations or a trial.