Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn — chances are you have one or more social media profiles. These platforms are great for catching up with family and friends, sharing our accomplishments (big and small) and feeling more connected with our networks.
While social media can draw positive experiences, it can also be the basis of your tribulations if you are caught up in a bitter divorce. Here are two things you need to know about social media use during your divorce.
It can complicate your divorce and child custody case
While there is absolutely nothing wrong with posting on social media (as long as it is legal, of course), it is in your best interests that you are mindful of your social media activity during the divorce process. As a rule, you should never discuss a matter that is before the court. For instance, disparaging your spouse online will hurt your custody case. You are better off avoiding social media altogether during the divorce process.
A picture can be worth 1,000 words, and more …
Just as disparaging or threatening your spouse can hurt your case, so too can the photos and videos you share with the world. For instance, a photo of you on a shopping spree or an expensive vacation can prompt your spouse to question whether you are trying to hide marital assets. Such posts can also impact your spousal support case.
Similarly, sharing photos of your new romantic partner can end up igniting your soon-to-be ex, especially if a child is involved. Your spouse can use this to dispute your fitness for custody.
Divorce is stressful, make no mistake. Whether the divorce is amicable or contentious, your social media activity can greatly impact your case. Find out how you can avoid costly social media missteps while going through the divorce.