Social Media Discovery in Divorce

Social Media Now Frequently Used in Divorce

Almost everyone uses social media in one form or another. The information readily available on social media can quickly become evidence when marriages are dissolved. Spouses often turn to social media when things take a turn for the worse in their marriage and information posted on social media accounts commonly finds its way into divorce proceedings, affecting everything from alimony to child support and child custody. Facebook, Twitter, and even less-used sites like Myspace create opportunities for skillful attorneys to leverage a legal advantage.

Obtaining useful information from social media can be tricky, as users can quickly delete information. Subpoenas can be difficult to obtain. Judges do not often issue blanket subpoenas without a good demonstration of cause, and most social media websites refuse to provide more information than absolutely necessary. A savvy divorce attorney can craft social media subpoenas to get the records they need to prove wrongful behavior without overreaching.

Many people presume the most valuable evidence from social media is romantic in nature. However, proof of adultery is legally insignificant to many Florida divorces. What can be more significant is evidence that a spouse has been hiding finances, or engaging in other behaviors which have an impact on the legal aspect of proceedings.

There are strategic advantages to be gained from properly using social media in a divorce proceeding. If you are going through a divorce or you are considering filing for a divorce, schedule a free, confidential consultation with trusted Tampa divorce attorney Mark G. Rodriguez at The Law Office of Mark G. Rodriguez. Call (813) 227-9642 or contact via email.