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Does Social Media Evidence Hold Up in Divorce Court?

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If you are considering a separation or divorce from your spouse, it’s crucial to understand how social media evidence can affect the outcome of your case. We live in a digital era where people are constantly interacting with others online. In recent years, social media has become integral to many people’s daily lives. As such, courts allow social media posts and messages to be used as evidence in divorce court. Private investigators can use their resources and digital forensics software to investigate your spouse’s social media channels. Please continue reading to learn how our Connecticut Private Investigator Services For Families can help you gather pertinent information your spouse has shared online. 

Can Social Media Be Used as Evidence in Divorce Court?

Are you planning to dissolve your marriage, or have you already begun the divorce process? In that case, it’s crucial to have a private investigator who can help you uncover information that could potentially be used as evidence in your case.

Various social media channels allow people to share photos or videos, provide status updates, and send messages to others. Some of the most popular websites include Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube, Tumblr, Reddit, and Snapchat. It’s important to note that both public posts and private messages can be used as evidence in divorce court. Private investigators can extract relevant data, including posts, images, comments, messages, and interactions from social media platforms. The following include but are not limited to the type of social media evidence that can be used in a divorce:

  • Status updates: Many people expose their lives on social media. Status updates can give insight into what information a spouse has shared with the public. They may post negative statements relevant to a couple’s case. These posts can also address the locations a spouse has visited, their relationship with others, and the activities they have engaged in.
  • Photos and videos: As they say, a picture is worth a million words. Photos and videos that are found online can demonstrate a spouse’s activities. For instance, a picture could indicate that they have engaged in illegal activities or other behaviors that could negatively impact their spouse or children.
  • Location data: Social media platforms can track a person’s location, providing insight into their whereabouts. This is particularly beneficial in cases of infidelity or inappropriate actions during the marriage or divorce process.
  • Messages: Many people use social media channels to send private messages to others. Conversations between spouses can be used as evidence during a divorce. Additionally, a spouse’s conversations with a third party may be used only if they involve divorce-related issues. They can attest to a spouse’s behavior.

Even if a spouse tries to delete social media posts or messages, it may be possible to recover this information through digital forensics. If you need a social media investigation, please don’t hesitate to contact Advanced Investigations. Our team of highly trained family private investigators can help you gather the evidence you need to achieve the most favorable outcome.

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