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Social Media a “Goldmine” of Damning Divorce Evidence

In the last ten years there has been a phenomenal cultural and lifestyle shift from communicating and living IRL to online – and an interesting correlation with the rise in divorce rates and the acceptance of social media evidence in the courts. Many have described the limitless resource of messages, posts, images, videos and more found on social media relevant to litigation a “goldmine” of damning evidence, and extremely useful or detrimental to claims associated with or party to divorce proceedings.

Marriages have increasingly been jeopardised by online relationships, secret ongoings and hurtful acts taking places in both the dark corners of the web and the public space of social network pages. Surveys, studies and personal opinion have repeatedly linked divorce rates and ongoing marital unhappiness to social networking. Once damaging acts are done and publicised on the internet, this evidence can also highlight character attributes in custody arrangements, hidden assets such as boats and cars in alimony settlements,contradict oral testimonies and more.

To ignore all this data and evidence would be futile. This is even before acknowledging a lawyer’s ethical duty to collect and preserve all this evidence and to give constructive, informed guidance to a client about moderating their own accounts.

To assist with this eDiscovery evidence collection and preservation, we have created a useful infographic to equip you with statistics, facts and guidance on using social media evidence in divorce proceedings!

 

Social Media & Divorce

 

Role of WebPreserver

WebPreserver is an innovative eDiscovery tool, essential for the effective and easy creation of evidence from social media and preservation of digital content for litigation purposes; an essential cost and time effective tool for legal professionals, litigation support and law enforcement officials.

With the easy installation of a Plug-in and single-click capture technology, WebPreserver software creates snapshots of evidence from any content place in the internet and stores them in PDF and WARC formats for use in litigation. Digital content is authenticated in line with Federal Rules of Evidence, the E-Sign Act and other standards of compliance by way of a digital e-signature and automated time-stamp.

Not only is strong, reliable evidence created form online content, WebPreserver software also provides secure resources for the archiving, preservation and sharing of this content. Once a Snapshot is created, it can be downloaded or stored on our online platform and shared with clients and colleagues in personal folders, with the additional features of keyword tagging.

Ensure that when engaging in litigation you maintain a high standard of records management and technical compliance; WebPreserver is a simple but effective means of doing this. Avoid sanctions and additional administrative and Discovery costs with the proper utilisation of this leading eDiscovery software.

The information and materials on this blog are provided for general and informative purposes only and are not intended to be construed as legal advice. Content on this blog is not intended to substitute the advice of a licensed attorney, as laws are subject to change and vary with time, from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Content on this blog may be changed without notice and is not guaranteed to be complete, correct or up-to-date.

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