Many people use social media to document events, share their children’s growth and achievements, voice opinions, or show off their latest hobby. The pictures, videos, and expressions that you share can be a fun way to connect with friends and family, but also creates a digital footprint that allows others into your day-to-day life. If you are going through divorce or child custody proceedings, this digital footprint may be used as evidence.

Iowa is a “no-fault” divorce state, meaning that you do not have to prove that your spouse caused your marriage to fail. However, social media may be used to demonstrate things like financial stability, lack of commitment to parenting, or illegal or inappropriate behavior.

Social media platforms provide privacy settings that allow the user to hide posts from users who are not their “friend” or from specific individuals. Although this may make it more difficult for your spouse to see your posts, they may still access them through other means including mutual friends or family. Additionally, during the divorce process, the opposing attorney may obtain your social media as part of a request for production of documents.

In order to avoid the future embarrassment or harm that may result from your social media being used as evidence in your divorce proceeding, it is important to be conscious about your digital footprint. Sometimes, this may require you to take a step back from social media or to use platforms for specific purposes.

The attorneys at Simpson, Jensen, Abels, Fisher & Bouslog, P.C. are experienced in handling complex divorce issues. Contact us at (515) 288-5000 to discuss your case with our firm.

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