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Online Communications Can Be Used in a Divorce

Some of the most common forms of communication that people engage in today don’t involve speaking face-to-face or even talking on the phone. At work, with friends, and with family, many people use email, texting, social media messaging, and online chatting to correspond easily and quickly. One of the benefits of communicating via text or social media is that you always have a record of what you talked about to refer back to. This can be helpful when you’re trying to schedule plans and manage your calendar. Unfortunately, this published record of conversations can be detrimental in the event of a divorce.

The Significance of Social Media

Although you might imagine that the information you share on social media is private and can be protected, the truth is much different. It is becoming increasingly common for electronic communication to play a part in divorces today. Attorneys will often look to recent social media posts to build a negative picture of one of the divorcing parties. Even a seemingly innocuous photo can become something much more when framed in a different context. In adversarial divorces, your spouse may seek to admit online activity as evidence if they believe it benefits their case.

How to Protect Yourself

If you believe that a divorce is imminent or if you are already going through the process, it is important to limit your exposure on social media. If possible, completely refraining from posting anything online is your best option. A skilled Connecticut divorce lawyer can help provide advice on how to avoid exposure and keep a low profile online while going through a divorce. Remember that even if you eventually remove something that you have posted to Facebook or Instagram, a quick screenshot from your spouse can memorialize it as a permanent piece of evidence.

Some additional suggestions for protecting yourself and limiting your vulnerability include:

  • Set up a new email address—Use this new email address for all communications, especially when you are discussing any details of the divorce.
  • Reset all of your passwords—Select new passwords that would be difficult for someone who knows you to guess.
  • Make sure that you aren’t sharing your online calendar.
  • Review the security settings on all of your social media accounts—this should be done to ensure you’re blocking any visibility and access from your spouse if you so wish.

Speak With a Skilled Divorce Lawyer in Stamford, Connecticut, Today

There’s no easy way to initiate or work through a divorce, and the process can be both confusing and emotionally challenging. Your everyday actions, like posting a photo to social media, now take on a new significance and it’s important to be aware of that. The experienced divorce attorneys at the Law Offices of Piazza, Simmons & Grant, L.L.C. – Family Law have worked with many clients who are in similar situations. We will advocate for your rights to a fair divorce and can help to advise you on how to be mindful of your actions during this time. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at (203) 348-2465 or contact us online. We are proud to serve the Stamford, Connecticut, area and are here and ready to help.

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