Social media has revolutionized the way people share information. Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets are platforms for people to express their opinions and share life stories and experiences with friends and followers. However, even the most innocent and well-intentioned posts could come back to haunt you later. If you’re going through a divorce, it’s essential to take caution about what you post on social media sites.
Social media activity, both public and private, can be admissible in litigation. It’s not uncommon for posts and pictures from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and online dating sites to be used as evidence in divorce proceedings.
Whether you are considering divorce or are amid it, you need to be mindful of how your social media activity can negatively impact your divorce. So, what should you do to avoid social media issues while your divorce is pending?
Don’t write nasty posts about your ex. Sometimes venting can be healthy, but social media is not the place to do this. Badmouthing your spouse can come back to bite you during legal proceedings. Instead, consider confiding in a good friend or a therapist.
Don’t post pictures of yourself partying. Don’t incriminate yourself with pictures involving drugs or alcohol. Social media posts about being the life of the party can create an image of irresponsibility and may harm your reputation with a family court judge.
Don’t flaunt new purchases or vacations. Think twice before sharing a spending spree or vacation. While it might be fun to share – these posts could affect your alimony or child support negotiations.
Don’t advertise a new relationship. Avoid changing your relationship status or posting pictures that showcase a new romance. It’s prudent to wait until the divorce is over before such news is shared publicly.
The consequences of sharing certain things on social media can be more severe than you might have imagined. The best way to avoid social media from affecting any aspect of a divorce case is to stop using it while your case is still pending.