Social media connects people personally and professionally and has woven itself into the fabric of our lives. Divorce and family law are no exception. Information found on social media such as Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, LinkedIn, blogs, emails and text messages is increasingly being used as key evidence in contested family law cases.
At Ciancio Ciancio Brown, P.C., in Broomfield, we bring extensive experience to all divorce and family law matters. Our attorneys — led by Cynthia L. Ciancio, President of the Family Law Section of the Colorado Bar — are current on social media and all other issues that have an impact on the rights of our clients.
Divorce Lawyers Finding Evidence on Social Media
According to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 81 percent of divorce lawyers have reported an increase in the number of cases using evidence from social media. Due to the presence of social media in our everyday lives, it is more important than ever to exercise discretion during the divorce process.
Fault or wrongdoing is irrelevant in Colorado divorce cases, but social media evidence can still be a crucial factor where admissible in family law cases. For example, if a parent's income is under question in a child support or spousal maintenance case, his or her LinkedIn profile may be supporting evidence for proving the ability to find employment. Likewise, a parent's Facebook profile may provide clues to his or her lifestyle in the context of a child custody case.
Considering a divorce? It is likely in your best interest to use social media less or not at all to avoid providing evidence that can be used against you in court proceedings. To learn more, contact our firm for a case evaluation with our Denver attorneys.