During a divorce or custody proceeding, it is important to think about your use of social media sites like Facebook. As a Portland divorce attorney, I often suggest that clients take the following steps to avoid damaging their cases:
- Un-friend your ex.
- Ensure that your profile has the highest privacy settings and is not accessible to anyone but your other Facebook friends. This will keep your ex and his or her attorney from scrutinizing your every move.
- Be sure to remove any damaging photographs. You may enjoy the picture of you beer-bonging a 40 oz., but the judge will probably not be amused.
- Avoid making any disparaging remarks about your ex.
- Avoid talking about the proceeding in general, and especially avoid discussing communications between you and your divorce attorney.
- Change your password.
If you are involved in an Oregon divorce or custody proceeding, be sure to discuss the use of social media with your attorney.