Avoiding Social Media in a Divorce | What to Know

Avoiding Social Media in a Divorce | What to Know

In today’s day and age, we share everything online. We keep our friends and family updated on our lives, the good, the bad, and the ugly. We share news of proposals, childbirths, and job promotions. We also share the losses of loved ones and the ends of relationships. As a result, many people are tempted to post about their divorces on social media. While this may seem harmless, it can have a serious impact on your divorce. Read on to find out more about the dos and don’ts of posting on social media during your divorce.

Why Should I Refrain From Posting During my Divorce?

Social media can play a bigger role in your divorce than you might expect. Reports on this topic show the following statistics:

  • 81% of all divorce attorneys found social networking information that was later presented in court as evidence
  • 66% of divorce lawyers use Facebook as a primary evidence source
  • ⅓ of divorce actions begin with affairs that happen online

What Should I Avoid Posting?

  • Speaking poorly about your spouse or ex-spouse.
    • Any comments, threats, criticisms, and more can be used in a case.
  • Posting pictures or mentioning alcohol and/or drug use.
    • Something as simple as having a glass of wine with a friend can be taken out of context and used in court. This is especially important to remember when it comes to decisions regarding child custody.
  • Discussing new relationships.
    • Any romantic relationships that take place during a divorce should be kept private, as the evidence may be used as proof of an affair.
  • Letting friends post about your life.
    • Friends often have their own opinions about your ex-spouse, but it is important to discourage them from posting them online.
  • Sharing your location.
    • People sometimes like to check-in at certain events or popular locations. However, locations such as bars, clubs, and casinos can hurt your case.

You have likely heard someone say that everything you put on the internet is permanent. In many ways, this is true. Even if you delete posts or make your social media accounts private, your information can still be accessed and utilized. As a result, it is best to avoid posting on social media before and during your divorce.

If you have any questions about what you should or should not post on social media, do not hesitate to reach out to our firm to discuss.

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