Social media is everywhere, allowing people across the globe to share nearly every aspect of life, from thoughts and feelings to experiences and pictures. It can be a fun way to stay in touch and get to know others you might not be able to see on a regular basis. Unfortunately, this fun and favored pastime can also be risky if you are in the midst of a divorce. Even if you are not sharing the details of your divorce, a lot can be gleaned from the minimal details you might choose to share about your life online.
Here are some of the things you should know before you continue to use social media throughout your divorce process:
- Whatever you choose to post can become evidence: Consider what you post on Facebook or Instagram, and even what you send through emails. Before sharing anything, ask if you would want a judge to see it. If the answer is “no,” then refrain from sending it or sharing it.
- Your friends are not always your friends: How many friends or followers do you have? About 100 or 200? Even if the number is much smaller, the fact is that not everyone you are connected with on social media is actually your friend and, if that “friend” is also a mutual friend of your ex, chances are he or she might share some of the information you post with your ex. Be on the safe side and do not post anything that you would not want to be relayed to your ex.
- Information does not have to be divorce-related: Talking about your divorce online is clearly not a good idea, but even seemingly harmless posts can put you in hot water when it comes to divorce proceedings. For example, if you were supposed to be watching the kids, but end up posting about a night of partying, your ex might claim you are unfit to be a parent. If you post about lavish purchases, your ex might also use this against you and claim you are not in need of spousal support.
- You are under investigation: The fact is that unless you and your ex agree on every aspect of your divorce, his or her attorney will likely be investigating your life as thoroughly as possible. This includes rummaging through your social media posts. If anything you post can be contradicted, some issues can arise that might be harmful to your case.
These are just a handful of the issues you might encounter if you continue to use social media throughout your divorce. Instead of risking the outcome of your settlement, err on the side of caution and hold off on using social media until your divorce is finalized.
Louisville Divorce Attorney
Divorce is an emotional and overwhelming experience, and each case is as unique as the individuals involved. At Louis P. Winner, our skilled divorce attorneys will focus on the big picture of your case and work closely with your family to identify solutions that are favorable to both spouses, allowing you to save both time and money.
Contact our office today at (502) 812-1889 to get the information you need to protect yourself and your future in a divorce.