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It is not a good idea to air family legal issues on social media

Nearly everyone who has a social media account has used it to air a grievance or two on occasion. During the ordinary course, there is usually no problem with doing so. However, when a California resident is having family legal issues, those posts and/or pictures could end up before a judge.

This is one time when talking about a spouse or soon-to-be ex-spouse on sites such as Facebook or Twitter could backfire and make matters worse. The information could end up in the hands of the other party. It could then be used as evidence against the one who posted it in court.

Any post that an individual anticipates making should be considered carefully. If there is any chance that it can be misconstrued or used as evidence, it probably should not be posted. The same applies to photographs. A photo that could be seen as compromising if the person in it is a mother or father would most likely be best kept private and not posted.

The Internet has brought together people who would otherwise have no other way to stay in touch. Society is so used to social media that the people each person is connected to may feel like they are in the room with him or her. There are good things about social media sites, but the bad could outweigh the good in some circumstances.

One downside of social media is that a portion of every California resident's life is out there for others to see. Another problem with social media is that it is so easy to misconstrue what the person posting actually meant. When dealing with family legal issues, this can easily happen. When a person's right to see their child or some other important issue is on the line, it is likely best to avoid even the appearance of impropriety.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Social Media and Divorce: Why You Should Put the Keyboard Down and Log Out", Ashley Tate Cooper, Dec. 7, 2015

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