Avoiding Social Media During Your Divorce | What to Know

Social media is a major aspect of our lives. We use it to update friends and family on everything, both good and bad. As a result, it may be tempting to post about your divorce online, but this is a bad idea. In fact, posting about your divorce on social media can have major negative impacts on your divorce proceedings. Read on to learn more about social media and what not to post during your divorce.

If You Are Getting a Divorce, Don’t:

  • Speak badly about your spouse or ex-spouse online.
    • While it may seem harmless, any false comments, threats, or criticisms can be harmful.
  • Post pictures or posts mentioning alcohol and/or drug use.
    • Something as simple as sharing a glass of wine with a friend at a party can be taken out of context. Posts like this are often used in court cases when child custody is involved. This can be used in arguments regarding unfit parents.
  • Discuss new relationships.
    • Any new romantic relationships during a divorce should be kept private until the proceedings are final. This is because in some cases, the evidence may be used as proof of an affair which can majorly impact your divorce.
  • Let friends or family post about your life.
    • Just as you should not post negatively about your spouse, your friends and family should not do it either. It is important to know that disparaging posts about your ex-spouse or information about your life posted by loved ones can damage your case as well.
  • Share your location.
    •  Many people think nothing of sharing their locations as it has become a major aspect of social media. However, it can be damaging to a case, especially to post your location in bars, clubs, casinos, etc.
  • Believe that deleting information will protect you.
    • As you have likely been told, things you post on the internet are permanent. Incriminating posts can still be found and used in court. Deleting them can also be seen as an inference of guilt and may be held against you. That being said, it may be a good idea to set your accounts to private and avoid accepting any new followers.

If you are in the process of a divorce and you have questions about posting on social media, do not hesitate to reach out to our firm today. We are here to support you through all of your divorce matters.

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