Many of us spend a substantial amount of time on various social media platforms, such as Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. It is a useful tool that gives us the opportunity to maintain connections and form new ones, all with the click of a mouse or a tap on your phone’s screen. However, if you continue to use social media throughout the divorce process, you might derail your own case through the posts and photos you share online. The stakes are high in a divorce, so do not gamble it all on continued social media use.
The Risks of Using Social Media
Anything you share on social media can potentially reveal something about your life you might not want your spouse to know about. Even if you increase your privacy settings, your mutual friends might relay the information to your soon-to-be ex-spouse, which can put you in a bad position in court. The only way to be certain that your spouse will not be privy to this information is by not sharing it at all.
Moreover, you change your settings and prevent friends and family from tagging you in posts. Reach out to those closest to you and ask them not to discuss the details of your case online. Right now, nothing is more important than maintaining your privacy.
Here are some of the risks of continuing to use social media at this time:
- Your posts reveal your lifestyle: Whether you use the check-in feature or frequently post photos, there is a lot that can be gleaned from your online activity. For example, if you are frequently checking into stores or restaurants, it says a lot about your spending habits.
- Venting can harm your case: Social media was practically designed for venting, but if you are going through divorce proceedings, venting on Facebook might produce some terrible repercussions. For example, if you badmouth your spouse in a post, it might harm your child custody case since a judge might think you are an uncooperative co-parent.
- Anything can be taken out of context: No matter how harmless a post might seem to you, never forget that even the most benign post can be taken out of context and used as evidence against you. The best way to avoid derailing your own case is to take a temporary hiatus from social media.
If you cannot completely cut social media out of your life, ask yourself if you would mind a judge seeing your post and, if the answer is yes or you are unsure, do not share it.
Discuss Your Divorce Case with a Knowledgeable Member of our Legal Team
The divorce process is complicated. To ensure you do not make any unnecessary mistakes, you must hire skilled legal representation. At William Kirby, Family Law Attorney, our family law attorney has the knowledge and experience necessary to guide you through this process, so you can obtain the best settlement possible. We understand the emotional challenges spouses face when dissolving their marriage and will provide the compassionate advice you need to get through it.
Get started on your case today and reach out to our law office at (215) 515-9901 to set up a consultation with our experienced attorney.