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Be careful how you use social media during divorce

On Behalf of | Sep 1, 2023 | Divorce |

Many people turn to social media to vent frustrations, share updates or seek support from friends and family. However, what may seem like a harmless post can have significant legal implications during a divorce.

In today’s connected world, it’s natural to want to share life’s ups and downs on social media. However, during a divorce, it’s crucial to consider how your soon-to-be ex and their legal team may view your online actions. Even changing a relationship status can cause issues.

Share information selectively

Sharing information about your personal life, finances or relationships on social media during a divorce can come back to haunt you. Other parties involved in the divorce process may scrutinize your online activity, looking for evidence that could impact settlement negotiations or court decisions.

For example, a picture of a lavish vacation might be used to question your financial claims. A rant about your spouse could be interpreted as evidence of animosity that affects parenting time decisions.

Other strategies to protect your interests

Most people don’t want to completely disconnect from social media, so consider these tips.

  • Think before you post: Consider how each post might be viewed by others involved in the divorce, including lawyers, judges or even your spouse. If in doubt, it’s best not to share. This applies to your profile as well as comments that you make on other people’s posts.
  • Adjust privacy settings: Making your profiles private can add a layer of protection. However, remember that nothing online is entirely private. Friends and followers can still capture screenshots or share information.
  • Avoid emotional venting: Social media might feel like a safe place to vent frustrations, but it’s usually better to privately confide in close friends or a therapist.

Having experienced legal guidance throughout your divorce is critical to protecting your interests and your future.