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Social Media in Georgia Divorces

Posted by Diane Cherry | Apr 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

Selfies and Other Social Media in Divorce
Social Media in Georgia Divorces

Like it or not, social media is a huge part of our lives.  We routinely tweet, facebook, instagram and text and think nothing of it. But all of that activity tells a story and it may not be the best story for court.

So follow these guidelines to keep yourself out of trouble in your Georgia divorce or child custody case:

1.  Be professional.  You may hate your ex and be burning up inside everytime you communicate but don't let it show.  Always keep your communications respectful and courteous and avoid being antagonistic or condescending.

2.  Keep it short.  Don't overdo the communciations. When you send long, borish emails or texts or multiple communications each day, it is too much and makes you look controlling and overbearing.  You are better off sending one or two communications per week than something every day.

3.  Stop with the Selfies.  Selfies showcase you.  Maybe you should be showcasing your children instead.  If you don't have children, you should try to showcase your hard work, community service or something else you are proud of besides a photo of yourself acting silly.

4. Stick with one subject at a time.  Don't overload your communications with multiples issues.  You will look as if you are posturing for court if you do.  Be relevant, timely and brief and you will come across as more genuine.

5.  Be reasonable.  Try not to demand that you spouse do certain things on your timetable and according to your demands.  You don't own him or her and can't dictate orders.  Keep your requests reasonable to avoid coming across as a difficult, impossible to deal with personality.

Don't be surprised to find your social media history on display in court.  Assume everything you say and do will find its way into court and behave accordingly. You can't change the past but you can make sure that everything you do in the future is helpful in your Georgia divorce or custody case.

About the Author

Diane Cherry

I am an Atlanta area Family Law and Criminal Law Attorney who has represented hundreds of clients in federal and state courts and administrative hearing cases throughout the State of Georgia.

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