Posting on Social Media During a Divorce | What to Know

In many court cases, social media will be involved. While posting a photo or status update may seem innocent, it can be used against you. As a result, it is important to be vigilant about what you post on social media during your divorce. Read on to learn more.

What to avoid posting on social media

When it comes to your social media accounts, do not:

  • Post and delete
    • You may assume that deleting any disparaging posts will mean you’re in the clear. But, it is important to know that these posts can still be accessed and used in court. In the same vein, a private account can still be accessed by attorneys. Additionally, be sure to avoid accepting new followers during your divorce, as this may be someone attempting to gain access to your information.
  • Speak badly about your spouse or ex-spouse online.
    • While it may seem harmless, any false comments, threats, or criticisms can hurt your case.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. Be sure to warn your loved ones to avoid posting about you, your child, your divorce, or your ex.
  • Share your location.
    • Sharing your location can be damaging to a case, especially if you post your location in bars, clubs, casinos, etc.

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