If there is one thing that can be relied upon in the 21st century, it's that people will share more than enough about their personal lives online. In this era, it seems totally normal to share photos of a night out, your feelings through written posts and other information that might otherwise never reach the public eye without the internet and social media.
While the internet certainly has its perks, it can be a bad thing, too. If you are going through a divorce, one of the first things your attorney may tell you is that you should shut down your social media and disable it, so that others can't access anything you've posted in the past. On top of that, disabling or locking your account will make sure you're not posting any new information that could be used against you.
By the same token, your spouse should shut down their accounts. However, many people do not, and it's not your responsibility to tell them to. Instead, you may want to take this time to browse their past posts, friend lists, images and other information to find the evidence you need for your divorce case.
What kind of evidence can you find on social media?
You can find all kinds of evidence on social media. You may find evidence such as:
- Proof of adultery or plans to cheat on a spouse in a message to another party
- Photos of missing assets
- Bragging posts about stealing funds from shared accounts or hindering the other party from obtaining money that belongs to them
- Photos of people who know each other, so that you can prove a link between them if necessary
There are many other kinds of evidence you could find, too, depending on what you need to use to support your claims during a case.
Document everything you can
One thing always to keep on hand is any kind of threatening message or email from your spouse. Keep admissions of wrongdoing, chats from others that state what your spouse has done or will do to affect you and other information as it becomes available.
Even if it seems like going through your spouse's social media accounts is going too far, the reality is that it's a good way to support claims that you want to make and to make sure that your attorney has plenty of information to work with during negotiations.