Social Media and Divorce
Rhode Island Divorce Lawyers: (401) 216-4414
Everything that you can do today has a high chance of ending up on the
internet for all to see. Social media is spilling into all facets of our
daily lives, for better or for worse. Due to the exposure of private lives
and events, there are some estimates that say that about 20% of all
divorces in the United States are tied in some way to social networking. It is
no surprise that social applications are starting to take center stage
in divorce litigation.
Timothy Conlon discusses digital forensics in divorce
Providence Journal video by Steve Szydlowski
With more than 30 years of combined legal experience, our Rhode Island
divorce attorneys at TJC ESQ can handle contentious family matters where
social media is a relevant issue. We are at the cutting-edge of social
networking technology and its useful application in family law cases.
Lead attorney, Mr. Timothy J. Conlon, has even lectured on the topic to
family law attorneys throughout the country since
America Online (AOL) was just beginning to gain popularity.
one-on-one consultation with an attorney today.
Social Media Applications and Their Implications
We help counsel people regarding social media implications, and we also
understand how to use
e-discovery methods as part of our practice that embraces technology to make your
case more effective and efficient. In order to build a reliable case,
you need to understand some of the details regarding specific and popular
applications. Even more importantly, you have to know how they can be
used to your advantage, or disadvantage, in a family law dispute.
Facebook: The arguable “king” of social media sites and applications,
Facebook allows people to instantly share memories through the system’s
network. Many people forget that what is shared is not only viewable by
friends, but also by friends’ friends, and their friends, and so
on. Content that was meant to be private can be picked up by other parties
and possibly used against the original poster, such as conversations with
other paramours or pictures of frivolous expenses.
Instagram: A mobile application dedicated solely to uploading photographs on-the-fly,
Instagram can expose the unaware user to eyes unseen. Always be sure of
the content you are posting, as the opposite side in your divorce could
try to misconstrue your images against you.
Tinder: Simply having this application installed on your cellphone can be damaging
to your case during a divorce. Tinder allows users to browse singles in
their area, decide whether or not they are attracted to them, and engage
in conversation if they both so choose. The application has little to
no use other than to flirt and meet up with strangers.
Ashley Madison: This website has been notorious from the day it was created, Ashley Madison
is advertised as a “confidential” place for married people
to cheat on their spouses. In 2015, Ashley Madison’s data vaults
were hacked and millions of members were put in directly in the spotlight.
It is speculated that hundreds of divorces have already been filed due
to the site.
e-Discovery is the Future of Litigation
Social media is a powerful tool for connecting people all across the world,
and every application or program has its positive benefits. At the same
time, however, there is little denying that it can be used to harm someone’s
reputation. Our extensive experience with family law matters can give
you the confidence you need to either use social media to bolster your
case, or to protect you from its damaging implications. Our Rhode Island
divorce attorneys make every effort to be available to you, no matter
where you are located in Rhode Island. If it is more convenient for you
to meet via Skype, iChat, or other communication methods, we can accommodate
those needs as well.
call (401) 216-4414 or
contact us online for more information.