Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Divorce and Facebook: Privacy Be Gone

Is there any privacy among partners in a marriage; among parties to a divorce proceeding? In this web 2.0 era, some people are their own worst enemies.

Photos or statements posted on social media sites lose all aspects of privacy. Deleting the post does not remove it from cyberspace. The Internet is resource-rich terrain for discovery-seeking divorce lawyers.

In a divorce, it is advisable to maintain privacy and restrict confidences to one's professional counselors. Why then, are so many people drawn to plasting their every move (including horrible gaffs) on the Internet via the web's easily accesible variety of social networking platforms?

This trend was analyzed in the divorce context in a recent Time magazine article:
The article includes a link to five "Facebook Don'ts":

No doubt; lawyers can and do take advantage of web postings in custody battles and in the property division contest. If you need to have a web posting preserved, or have the source of a post tracked, contact our firm to assess your options.