For millions of people, social media sites like Facebook and Twitter offer a convenient way to maintain connections and get in touch with old friends. But when going through a divorce, social media can present a minefield of potential pitfalls.
Cordell & Cordell Albany divorce attorney Chad Jerome recently appeared on FOX23 Albany to discuss social media’s impact on divorce and some of the common mistakes that are made. More than anything, Jerome said, users need to assume that nothing they send or post is private.
“The messages are private, but I see those come out all the time,” said Jerome, who added that he’s seen plenty of social media posts turn up as evidence in court. “Somebody gets upset with one of them and says, ‘Oh.’ They go tell the other spouse, ‘Hey, this is what she said to me or he said to me.’”
Jerome added that the best advice he can give to someone going through a divorce is to deactivate all their social media accounts. That’s the safest bet to ensure your photos and posts are no longer visible to the public.