As the use of social media websites continues to grow, it sometimes becomes a factor in marital relationships. It can also become a factor in divorce, child support and child custody lawsuits. You might wonder if what you post on your social media accounts could impact your legal case down the road. Yes, it’s quite possible, depending on the nature of your case and the nature of your posts.
Personal social media accounts like Facebook, Google+, Twitter and Pinterest are becoming the target of legal requests for production more and more frequently. Email accounts are too. As a result, those who are involved in a divorce or separation from a spouse may find themselves presented with a request for social media information from a Maryland divorce lawyer. Do you have to comply? Probably. Depending on the nature of the legal case and the status of the social media account, it may lead to the discovery of relevant information in your divorce or separation. In most cases, anything posted on the Internet in public domain is fair game. You’ll need to consult with your Maryland family attorney regarding your personal case and circumstances and how to respond.
While some Silver Spring attorneys may argue that the information on these websites is unrelated to the divorce, custody or child support legal issues at hand, this personal information is often the subject of a subpoena or discovery request for production, depending on the nature of the case. This can also apply to personal blog posts, forum posts and items published online through website ownership. Even if you are doing nothing wrong and you’re not involved in any legal cases, it’s always a good idea to think before you post.