The prevalence of social network sites in our lives today is underlined by the amount of information that we store on them. Much of the information relates to issues pertaining to a case, especially child custody, support, visitation and finances. For that reason, collecting information from these sites is common practice when preparing a family law case.
Often, a spouse will have posted significant amounts of text, photos, videos and other types of data online. Messages may have been posted on Facebook or Google+, videos on YouTube, and photos on Photobucket and Flickr.
In fact, the wealth of information is such that Facebook’s own legal staff have affirmed they receive more subpoenas for information related to family law cases each year than for any other area of the law.
Of course, social media includes more than just social networking sites. It also includes blogs, message-boards, chat rooms, online forums and other, similar sites. Some forums have more privacy safeguards than others, depending on who they expect might or might not see the information. Social media sites are happy to cooperate with legal investigations in cases where probable cause is clear and present, or when subpoenaed to do so.
When building a case, you can collect and review data from the array of social networks used by your spouse, such as: