It’s very tempting to use social media to tell everyone about everything that is happening in your life, especially when things are going poorly and you just want to vent. People who are going through a divorce sometimes feel a compulsion to write about the process on their social media accounts. They may even write about their spouse, perhaps blaming them for the split.
As tempting as this is, it’s generally wise to keep as much of the divorce process as you can off of your social media accounts. Do not post about it and remember that these posts could be used as evidence.
How could this impact your case?
Exactly how this impacts your case depends on the specific situation you’re in, but there are a few ways that it can do so.
For example, you may be trying to argue that you should have joint custody of your children, while your ex is trying to say that you are irresponsible. Your ex could try to use social media to make you appear to be an unfit parent. For instance, they could find pictures of you out at the bar with your friends and use them to claim that you are simply too irresponsible to stay home and take care of the children. You know that this isn’t true, but your situation would be a lot simpler if that picture wasn’t on social media to begin with.
The things you post can also be used when it comes to property division. If you post pictures of expensive purchases or trips, your ex could say you’re trying to dissipate the family assets. Again, you may not have been doing so, but you don’t want to create that impression.
Balancing all of the different factors of a divorce case can be complicated. Make sure you know exactly what steps to take.