Social media is a huge part of most of our lives. Today, we keep in touch with our loved ones online. As a result, it is only natural to share big news, both good and bad, on social media. However, when it comes to divorce, it is important to stay off social media. Read on to learn why.
How can social media impact my divorce?
According to a study conducted by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers:
- 81% of all divorce attorneys found social networking information that was later presented in court as evidence
- 66% of divorce lawyers use Facebook as a primary evidence source
- ⅓ of divorce actions begin with affairs that happen online
While it may come as a surprise, it is important to understand that your social media posts can be used against you in court.
What to avoid:
When it comes to social media during your divorce, be sure to avoid:
- Speaking poorly about your spouse or ex-spouse online
- Comments, threats, and criticisms can be used against you in court. Additionally, this behavior can play a large role in a custody arrangement.
- Accepting new followers
- It is important to private your social media accounts so your spouse and/or his or her attorney cannot access them. However, it is important to understand that a private account cannot protect you completely. It is important to avoid accepting new followers during this time, as it may be someone attempting to obtain information.
- Deleting posts
- Deleting a post does not mean it is inaccessible. Additionally, deleting posts can even be seen as an admission of guilt.
- Posting pictures or talking about alcohol and/or drug use.
- Something as seemingly innocent as posting a picture of a beer or a glass of wine can be used against you in court.
- Discussing new relationships
- It is important to keep any romantic relationships under wraps until the divorce is official. Otherwise, the details of it could be used as proof of an affair.
- Allowing friends and family to post about your life
- Just as your social media may be scrutinized, posts by those close to you may be used against you as well.
- Sharing your location.
- Tagging your location at incriminating places such as bars, clubs, and casinos may be used against you in court.
If you have any questions about the dos and don’ts of social media when it comes to divorce, our firm is here to help.
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