Be cautious on social media if you’re divorcing

On Behalf of | Mar 18, 2024 | Divorce |

In the midst of a divorce, you may be tempted to seek support and/or vent on social media. However, it’s important to exercise caution when using platforms like Facebook, X, Instagram or YouTube during this sensitive time.

The content that you share online can result in unintended consequences, and can even potentially impact any custody battles, spousal support disagreements and division of assets that you may be currently navigating via negotiation or litigation.

Why social media use can be so consequential

Anything that you post online, even if you believe it’s private, can potentially be used against you if your case goes to court. Social media posts can provide a snapshot of your lifestyle, spending habits and even personal relationships that could be misinterpreted or taken out of context by your spouse’s legal team. Your activity may suggest a higher level of financial stability than you’ve declared or that you’re too irresponsible to be entrusted with a specific parenting time arrangement.

You’ll want to act as if “anything you say can and will be used against you” until your divorce is finalized. Comments, likes, and even friend lists are not exempt from scrutiny during a divorce. Interaction with certain individuals or groups may be perceived negatively, affecting your case. Furthermore, venting about your spouse or the proceedings can be seen as disparaging or hostile behavior, which can harm your legal standing and your personal relationships to boot.

While social media offers a platform to express yourself and stay connected, it’s important to navigate these digital spaces with caution during a divorce. Consider tightening privacy settings, thinking twice before posting and, perhaps ideally, even taking a social media hiatus to protect your legal interests and personal well-being.

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