September 24, 2015
For many people and businesses, staying active on social media is important. While it can keep individuals connected with friends and loved ones, using social media can also help businesses promote their goods or services while engaging with customers (or potentials clients).
Despite the many benefits of social media, however, there can be some downsides to using it – especially for people who are involved in a divorce case.
The Facts about Using Social Media during Your Divorce
What you write/say in social media can affect your divorce case – Need to vent about your ex or the challenges of your divorce? If so, don’t do it online via your social media posts. What you write in social media can be subpoenaed by your ex’s attorney and may be used to against you in your divorce.
For instance, trashing your ex online may be “evidence” that you won’t be able to foster a loving relationship between your child and your ex in the future; in more serious cases, it could be used to try to allege some kind of abuse. So, be very careful about what you say on social media as your divorce proceeds because your postings could cause you to lose ground in your case.
- The pictures you post can also affect your divorce – Just as your posted comments can be used against you in divorce, so too can the photos you post. For example, if you post photos of a recent vacation or possibly taking your kids out of state, your ex may be able to use these pictures against you to try to establish that you have hidden assets in divorce or that you are failing to abide by a temporary parenting time agreement.Similarly, if you post pictures of you and a new romantic partner, you could end up igniting the jealousy and resentment in your ex, possibly causing him or her to stop compromising with you (and, in turn, escalating the acrimony in your divorce).
- There are steps you can take to protect yourself – This is the silver lining to the above news, as you can do a lot to prevent your social media use from coming back to bite you in divorce. Specifically, you can (and likely should) not post anything about your ex or your ongoing divorce case on social media. Save those comments for face-to-face discussions with people you trust. Also, consider changing the passwords and privacy settings for all of your social media accounts so that your ex has limited (or no) access to them.
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