It is pretty much accepted that social media plays a huge part in most people’s lives these days. For some people, checking their Facebook/Twitter accounts is as natural as reading the morning paper.

You may not be surprised to learn that more and more references to social media are being made in court documents. For example, status updates which can support an unreasonable behaviour in a divorce petition, photographs of expensive purchases (such as holidays) within ancillary relief proceedings, etc. the list is endless.

Social media can be a good thing, but only when used in the right way. Be careful of washing your dirty laundry in public, as even a deleted post can come back to haunt you. You need to think carefully about what you are saying, who can see your post and the repercussions of your posts. Ensure that your friends and relatives are aware of your situation and that they do not, unknowingly, post comments which could result in difficulties for you.

This is particularly important when a case involves children who may be old enough to have social media accounts themselves.   Be mindful that seeing “mud-slinging” over social media will cause them distress and/or embarrassment.

Social media can be used in a positive manner, especially when you are experiencing personal difficulties.   Many people cope with the difficult issues in their life through social media, either through friends or on group pages such as Mumsnet. You don’t need to stop using social media altogether, just be aware of the potential effect of your posts.

Ensure that your privacy settings are set properly, make sure you know who can see what you are posting, and, most importantly, keep your private life just that, private.

If you need help or more information on any family matters that you and your family may be facing, Farleys can advise you fully. Please contact a member of our dedicated family law team on 0845 287 0939. Alternatively you can complete an online enquiry form and a member of the team will get back to you.