Many people use social media as a way to stay connected with loved ones and express themselves. However, it’s not all fun and games–social media can often be used against you in contentious divorce proceedings. Most family law attorneys advise clients to stay off social media altogether when going through a divorce. Here are some important reasons why.
It Can Have a Harmful Effect on Your Children
Going through a divorce can take a heavy emotional toll on a family, especially when children are involved. Bashing your soon-to-be ex-spouse on social media is not in the best interest of your children. It may be tempting to vent and voice your opinions on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, but it’s important to remember that your children may see what you post. Divorce is hard on kids no matter what, so keep your feelings off social media and talk with friends, family, or a therapist to voice your concerns in an appropriate manner. That way, you can protect your children and avoid having social media posts used against you when it comes time to negotiate custody and support.
Photos can be Misconstrued
If you must use social media, be very careful about the photos you post. A photo of a “girls’ or boys’ night out” or relaxing on the couch with a glass of wine may seem like no big deal, but it could wind up hurting you in court. Any image you post can be used as evidence used against you when it comes to issues of custody, property division, support, or any other aspect of your divorce. Never share images of you consuming alcohol or drugs, and avoid posting photos of yourself with anyone you may be dating. Even if there’s nothing nefarious going on, your spouse and their lawyer can make it seem like there is.
It Can Hurt Your Case for or Against Support
Whether you are asking for spousal support or you are the one who may be required to pay it, boasting about expensive vacations, shopping sprees, or investments on social media is a no-no. If you are trying to protect your financial assets, your West Chester divorce lawyers will advise you to stay quiet. Not only can these things be used as evidence about your finances, an ex-spouse who feels hurt because you’re bragging about enjoying yourself can make life miserable during a divorce.
Social Media is Not Private
Even if you have all your privacy settings seriously restricted, divorce can quickly turn ugly if family and friends decide to choose sides. You never know what type of post is going to rub someone the wrong way and be shared with your ex. Consider everything on social media and the internet public and fair game–if it is reported that you have lied or harassed your spouse or others on your social media accounts, a judge can create an order to review them.
Use Common Sense
If you’re going through a divorce, dropping social media altogether is one of the best things you can do to protect your rights and interests. If you must keep your social media accounts for business or other reasons, talk with your business liability lawyers about the best way to handle it.
Do you need assistance with a divorce? Our experienced divorce attorneys at Carosella & Associates can help.