Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok – chances are that you have one or more social media profiles. While these platforms are great tools for catching up with family and friends, meeting new people and even doing business, their use during their divorce can complicate matters for you.
If you are dealing with a legal matter like divorce, it is in your best interest to be careful about your social media activity. Even an amicable divorce can be a high-stakes exercise. The last thing you want is to find yourself in a situation where either the court or your ex is using your own “words” against you.
Some of the risks your social media activity is likely to expose you to
Your social media activity can reveal something about you that can potentially hurt your case. Even if you adjust your privacy settings, a mutual friend can still access your posts and relay the information to your spouse.
Your posts can project a sense of your lifestyle – If you are frequently posting about expensive vacations or huge purchases, your spouse might suspect that you are trying to squander or hide marital assets. Likewise, partying photos that involve alcohol or romantic partners can speak a lot about your character and fitness for custody if you share children with your ex.
Venting can hurt your case – People vent on social media all the time. However, if you are in the middle of a divorce, this can have serious consequences. For instance, blackmailing or disparaging your spouse can hurt your child custody case since the court could believe that you are likely to be a bad co-parent.
Safeguarding your interests
Social media is a huge part of everyday life. However, if you would mind a judge seeing your social media posts, then you are better off avoiding these platforms altogether until your divorce is fully resolved.