Social media is everywhere these days and, to keep up with the times, many of us have an account on more than one platform. As useful and entertaining as these tools can be, continuing to remain engaged on social media during divorce proceedings can backfire on you in court and ultimately have a negative effect on your settlement. Given how much information many regularly share online, social media often proves to be quite destructive, which is why it typically best to take a break until after your divorce is finalized.
The Impact of Social Media on a Divorce
The best thing you can do at this stage is abstain from using social media throughout the course of your divorce. If you know you will have trouble with this, delete the apps from your phone to lessen the temptation. That said, you should not delete or deactivate your account. Otherwise, you may be accused of attempting to spoil the evidence that is relevant to your case.
Not everyone is prepared to cut social media cold turkey, however. Here are some tips for you to consider if you continue to use social media during your divorce:
- Do not use the check-in feature to share your location or the event you are attending.
- Do not post pictures or videos of your children. Pictures can be taken out of context and you do not want anything to jeopardize your chances of obtaining the child custody arrangement you deserve.
- Do not allow others to tag you in posts. You can manage this in the settings of your social media account.
- Do not discuss the details of your divorce on your social media accounts.
- Do not badmouth your spouse.
- Do not create a dating profile on any dating apps.
If you are ever in doubt of a post you wish to share, you should always err on the side of caution and forego sharing it. Nothing you share online is worth risking your divorce settlement, so ask yourself if you would want a judge to see your post before you send something off into the internet.
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If you are planning to put an end to your marriage, you need a knowledgeable attorney to guide you through the process and ensure you make the best decisions for your situation. At Simmons & Associates, our family law team has more than 75 years of combined experience and is committed to helping clients navigate the divorce process, so they can have a fresh start in life.
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