Social media is great for interacting with family and friends and “meeting” new people. These platforms are also great for business and personal branding.
If you are dealing with any legal matter, however, it is important that you are mindful of your social media activity. This may be especially true when going through a contentious divorce. If you are going through a divorce, it helps to know what you can and cannot do safely while online.
Your posts might not be private after all
Social media posts are increasingly finding their way into the courtroom. An angry tweet or Facebook rant can be accessed and presented before a judge.
Even if you block your spouse from seeing your posts, an interested party can always get around your privacy settings and access them. You are better off minimizing your social media activity during the divorce period, as a result.
A picture is worth a thousand words, maybe more
Property division is usually one of the biggest concerns during a divorce. Posting photos or videos of yourself on a shopping spree, on an expensive vacation or while partying with friends can raise eyebrows. Your spouse might raise concerns that you are attempting to hide marital assets.
Even if money is not a concern, photos of yourself partying and drinking with friends can potentially affect a child custody case. Your spouse may waste no time pouncing on such photos and using them to question your fitness for custody.
Divorce can be a stressful life experience. It is not uncommon to want to let off your frustrations by venting and interacting fully with the world around you. However, do keep in mind that your social media activity can greatly impact the outcome of your divorce and act with caution as a result.