We have all heard the stories of people getting fired or reprimanded at work for what they post on social media. However, it's often still surprising to the general public how what you post on social media can be used against you. Even though some people seem to forget about the social part of social media. Many forget that everything or almost everything you post on social media websites is public or semi public and can be used against you in court.
Recent psychotherapist, Dr. Ian Kerner, an expert couples counselor caused a stir by suggesting that couples "unfriend" each other on social media sites including Facebook in order to encourage face-to-face communication and maintain a sense of "mystery" in the relationship. This suggestion is contrasted with the therapists who argue that not only should couples be "friends" and follow each other on social media, but that they should go as far as to share a social media account. The argument here is that if she shares an Instagram account with me, she couldn't possibly be private messaging someone else, keeping secrets or engaging in an illicit affair via Twitter direct messaging (because that's what Ashley Madison is for). Regardless of the arguments on both sides, at the end of the day, despite their best efforts, couples do split up, and with custody, divorce, support, and property division cases pending, often family law litigants are left to wonder what to do with their social media now that their relationship has ended.
By: Lisa Marie Vari