Social media sites are great ways for people to connect with old friends and even make new ones. With Facebook.com attracting over 600,000 new users each day, these sites are popular places for individuals worldwide to share their ideas, collaborate with colleagues and even create or maintain romantic relationships. But are people providing too much information on their profiles, some attorneys say yes.
According to a recent WLS-TV report, many divorce attorneys are finding themselves counseling clients on social media etiquette to successfully guide their clients through the divorce process. Why you ask? Social media data has become so vast and personal that some information obtained on these sites can act as legal ammunition in court. In some cases, the information can ultimately determine the outcome of a divorce or child custody case.
Experts encourage individuals involved in divorce or child custody cases to be cautious of the types of things your post to your social media sites. In general, "don't post anything on any site that you wouldn't want to see on the front page of the newspaper or hear read aloud in a court of law."
According to the article, couple thinking about divorce or going through hard times in their relationship should change the passwords on their social media sites frequently. In some cases, couples tend to share passwords to social media, e-mail or banking sites, "not realizing that any information a former partner gets through those accounts can legally be used against him or her in a court of law."
- Divorce, Social Networking Style (WLS-TV Chicago, Illinois, May 18, 2010)