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The dangers of social media in the domestic relations arena

One of the first things I do when a person hires me to represent them in a domestic relations case is check out thier Facebook page as well as their spouse and as the case moves along, any other witnesses who appear significant either for myself or for the opposing party. It never fails to amaze me the types of pictures and comments people will make on Facebook and other soical media sites which can later hurt them when they are applying for a job or possibly trying to obtain custody or visitation rights with their children. Facebook and other social media sites are a great place to share things but are also fairly public. I remind my clients that even if they have their privacy settings turned up to the max, there is nothing to prevent the opposing attorney from subpoenaing their Facebook page, as well as other social media sites, and all of the posts that have been made to thier page.

The moral of the story: think twice about what you post on social media. Don't post anything you may not want to have to explain to some neutral arbiter dowe the road like a prospective employer or worse yet, a Judge.

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