Most of us use social media and, in many cases, we have profiles set up on a variety of platforms, such as Instagram or Facebook. While social media is an excellent way to share your life with friends and family, it can be a double-edged sword during divorce proceedings, providing a wealth of information for your soon-to-be former spouse. Anything you share online can potentially turn into evidence against you in court, which is why it is wise to take a temporary hiatus until your divorce is finalized.
Why is Social Media Dangerous?
Social media seems innocent enough, especially if you primarily share internet memes or pictures of food. However, even if you are not prone to oversharing, a lot can be gleaned from what you choose to share. For example, if you share a meme with a sarcastic outlook on romance or marriage, it might seem like you are badmouthing your spouse. If you have children, speaking negatively about your co-parent might make you appear uncooperative or unsupportive, which can affect your custody arrangement.
Although many different social media platforms allow users to restrict access to their posts, you probably have several mutual friends in common with your spouse and, as a result, some of the information you share might end up in the wrong hands. Keep in mind, once you post something on the internet, it is out there forever, even if you delete it.
Here are some other hidden dangers you should be aware of:
- Social media reveals a lot about your spending habits. If you use the check-in feature to show where you are having dinner or post a picture of yourself sporting a new pair of sunglasses, these seemingly minor details tell a larger story.
- Posts, especially pictures, can easily be taken out of context. If you post a picture of yourself holding a glass of wine or another alcoholic beverage, you might seem irresponsible. The best way to avoid these misunderstandings is to avoid posting anything that can tell an unflattering story about you.
- If you post about your divorce or your spouse, especially in a moment of anger, you might seem unstable or impulsive. If you are fighting for child custody, keep in mind that stability is a key element that judges consider when determining the best interests of the children.
If you choose to continue using social media, use it carefully and, if you are ever in doubt of a post, do not post it. Nothing on social media is worth risking the outcome of your divorce settlement.
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