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Why you need to keep your divorce out of social media

On Behalf of | Nov 1, 2022 | Divorce

If you are reading this post, chances are you have one or more social media profiles (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, etc.). Social media is a wonderful platform for connecting with friends and family. 

However, as with any other platform for connecting with people, social media has also transformed how people are perceived during court cases. What may seem like an innocent expression of frustration can form the basis of a negative perception towards you, especially during the divorce. 

That’s why experts recommend that you are careful about your social media activity during the divorce. Here’s what you should know:

What you post online remains online

It is not uncommon for social media posts to pop up in court, especially when there is so much contention. Things like a photo of you partying with friends and family or an expression of disappointment following the breakdown of your marriage can impact the outcome of your divorce case. 

Even with activated privacy settings, never assume that your social media activity is out of reach for your spouse. That said, here are two things your social media posts can reveal about you:

Your spending habits could raise eyebrows

Ideally, nothing should ever hinder you from spending your hard-earned money as you wish. However, your spending habits can become an item of interest during the divorce process. For instance, lavish spending could be indicative that you are trying to hide marital assets

Your spending habits could also be indicative of what you are capable of paying in child and spousal support. 

Your posts can hurt your custody case

The concerns are even greater if you have children. Your spouse will waste no time pulling out social media posts that show you disparaging them. Likewise, posts that show you with friends – especially where drugs and alcohol are involved – can paint you in a bad light. 

While it may seem harmless, your social media activity can greatly impact your divorce case. You may need to find out how you can safeguard your rights and interests during the divorce process.