It is no surprise that most people today use social media as a means for self-expression as well as for staying connected with family and friends – especially those who do not live nearby. From tweeting to posting pictures, personal information is constantly being shared.
While perusing Instagram and Facebook may be mindless and enjoyable, you should think twice about using them at all during a divorce.
You may not understand how posting things could be an issue since you have your profiles set to private. Regardless of what you think is private, just assume that anyone can see anything.
There are quite a few reasons, therefore, as to why it is in your best interest to avoid posting to social media and take a hiatus until your divorce is finalized.
Things Taken Out of Context/In the Wrong Manner
The first thing to consider is that divorce is almost always an extremely emotional time for both parties. Due to this, something that you may innocently write on a social media account may be seen as something really negative or inappropriate to the other spouse.
Many things – including inspirational quotes – have been known to be taken the wrong way by the other party.
Proving Adulterous Behavior
Another reason as to why lawyers advocate for a social media drought is because when it comes to cases of divorce, social media can make it quite simple to prove adulterous behavior. Pictures, statuses, and comments can all be used in cross examination or settlement negotiations as proof that one of the spouses has been involved in an extramarital relationship.
That is why it is important not to use your current social media accounts until after the divorce process is over and finalized. By stepping back and taking a break from posting, you cannot post anything that can be misinterpreted or used against you.
Social Media is Easily Accessible
Do not delete what has already been there, as these items are still stored in Facebook’s databank and therefore can still be accessible at a later date. Further, you never know if someone made a screenshot from a past post or conversation. You may be asked by a judge to download and hand over an entire social media account history.
What can social media tell people about us that could potentially hurt our divorce? They may:
- Show inconsistency in income and lifestyle
- Demonstrate inappropriate behavior
- Reveal hidden assets
- Prove that a party lied in testimony
- Provide information about other issues related to divorce and child custody
- Demonstrate possibly questionable parenting skills
This is why it is clearly best to step away from social media accounts until your divorce process is final.
If you or a loved one is going through a divorce, it can be an emotionally difficult time, and social media posts can only make matters more complicated. That is why you deserve a lawyer who understands the law and will fight for your best interests. For a free consultation, contact us online or call us at 856-751-5505 today. We represent clients throughout South Jersey, including Camden County, Burlington County, and Atlantic County.