From sharing photos of a child, pet or recent vacation to posting comments about your morning commute or religious or political beliefs, social media websites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram provide an easy and nearly instantaneous way for people to widely share and communicate. According to the Pew Research Center, in 2005, only five percent of U.S. adults reported using at least one social media platform. Today, that number has grown exponentially to nearly 70 percent with many social media users reporting posting, Tweeting and otherwise engaging with social media sites multiple times per day.
While the positive aspects of social media are often heralded, there are times when what you Tweet, post, follow or like may be used against you. If you are planning to file for or are going through a divorce and count yourself among the millions of U.S. adults who routinely Tweet, post photos on Instagram or comment on Facebook, it's important to understand how this information could potentially be used in a divorce case.