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Social media do’s and don’ts during divorce

On Behalf of | Jun 21, 2024 | Firm News

Imagine this scenario: You and your spouse have decided to get a divorce, and you take a moment to post a lighthearted update on Facebook. You joke about finally feeling free and ready to start fresh, thinking it is just a harmless way to blow off steam. But you might not realize that this seemingly insignificant post can have far-reaching implications for your divorce proceedings.

In the context of a divorce, social media activity can significantly impact the outcome of your case. Here are the common social media mistakes you should avoid amid divorce proceedings.

Mistake #1: Airing out your grievances online

When you are going through a divorce, it is natural to feel frustrated or upset. But venting about your spouse or the divorce process on social media can backfire. Putting your grievances online can escalate conflicts and even create unnecessary drama. These can also paint you as hostile and uncooperative in the eyes of the court. Consider talking to trusted friends or a therapist instead to express your feelings in a safe and private setting.

Mistake #2: Sharing photos or videos that can be misconstrued

You might think that sharing a photo of yourself having a great time at a party or on vacation is harmless, but it could even become a key piece of evidence against you. For instance, if you are seeking spousal support or child custody, a photo of you partying or engaging in risky behavior may suggest that you are not responsible or stable enough to care for your children or manage your finances.

Mistake #3: Posting about new relationships

Starting a new relationship during a divorce is a personal decision but sharing it on social media can complicate matters. Posts about a new partner can provoke jealousy or anger, potentially affecting negotiations and settlements. Additionally, your spouse’s lawyer might use these posts to argue against your character or to claim that you are not prioritizing your family.

Going through a divorce is a difficult emotional journey, and you already have enough to cope with without the added burden of managing public posts and their potential consequences. By being intentional with your social media use, you can safeguard your reputation, nurture your relationships and strengthen your legal position.