Social media is a big part of modern life. In fact, nearly everyone has some type of social media account, whether it’s Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Snapchat. While you may think it’s not a big deal to post about your recent girls’ trip to Las Vegas, this may get you into trouble when it comes to your divorce though.
Using social media posts as evidence
More and more, social media posts are being used as evidence in court. In fact, according to the National Law Review, 81% of attorneys discover social networking evidence worth presenting in court. So if you post about a lavish Las Vegas trip, where you detail the massages you and your friends treated yourselves to, how many shows and fancy restaurants you went to, and how much you lost gambling, you may have a harder time convincing the judge handling your divorce that you need a higher level of child support or spousal support.
Not only can social media posts be used to prove your financial status, they also can show the court if you didn’t follow a temporary custody order. They can make you look vindictive if you are constantly bashing your ex in your posts. Either of these can impact a child custody order because the court wants to see that you can comply with the custody orders in place and that you are willing to foster a positive relationship between your children and your former spouse.
Social media also often is being used to prove adulterous behavior. While you may think your direct messages are private or you are only sharing to a select group of people, often if any information shared about an affair on social media is shared with others. Then it can be discovered by your ex and used against you in court.
Approaching social media use during divorce
It’s always wiser to severely limit your social media posts while you are going through divorce. In fact, deactivating your accounts might be the best approach. You never know who might report what you are posting about to your former spouse and therefore what might end up being presented against you in court.
If you need to vent, find a close, trusted friend whom you can call so you refrain from posting anything about the nitty-gritty details of your divorce.
No one wants social media drama to impact their divorce. That’s why it’s always better to avoid posting about your divorce and avoid posting anything that could be misconstrued in court. You don’t want your child custody agreement or divorce settlement to be impacted by something you posted on a whim on social media.