May 9, 2012 by Robert Tharp at 12:00:00 am
When tempers boil over during emotional family law matters, social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter are often irresistible for spouses needing to blow off steam. But as any family law attorney will attest to, venting on social media during divorce is a terrible idea. A recent poll by the American Society of Matrimonial Lawyers found that 80 percent of family law attorneys had used social media posts in divorce proceedings.
Dallas Cowboys Hall of Famer Deion Sanders may be the latest to learn this lesson the hard way. Sanders has used his Twitter account to regularly broadcast the latest developments in his high-profile and high-drama breakup with his wife, Pilar. He even brought his young children into the fight by posting photos of the kids purportedly filling out police reports about their mother’s behavior.
In this report by KTVT Ch. 11 in Dallas, Dallas family law attorney Carmen Eiker of McCurley Orsinger McCurley Nelson & Downing explains why it’s a bad idea for spouses going through divorce to lash out on social media. “In general, it’s a bad idea,” she says. “That’s the kind of thing that reveals a lot about a person … Think before you post.”
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