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How social media can affect your divorce proceedings

On Behalf of | Dec 1, 2022 | Family Law |

Social media has become part of everyday life in this digital age.  It is not unusual for someone to post their intimate thoughts in real-time or update their friends on current events via pictures or videos. 

However, you ought to be careful with what you share with the rest of the world on social media, especially if you are in the middle of a divorce.  Your posts can negatively affect the ongoing proceedings, as explained below.

It can paint you in a bad light to the divorce court

You may post a snide comment or something negative about your ex, which may be brought to the court’s attention.  As a result, the judge may perceive you as combative or violent.  This can influence certain decisions against you, such as those affecting custody of the children. 

Similarly, if your social media activity goes against what you have told the court, it can make you seem dishonest.

Social media posts can be misinterpreted

Some of your posts may be misinterpreted and lead to wrong conclusions.  Picture a situation where you are asking the court for  spousal support or alimony, yet your recent social media activity is awash with receipts of exorbitant purchases, a flashy lifestyle or expensive jewelry. 

The judge may assume that you do not need spousal support or alimony if you can afford those items, and it can be hard to convince them otherwise.  Claims of infidelity may also arise based on what you share on social media.

Safeguarding your interests during divorce

The bottom line is that you should be wary of what you share on social media during a divorce, as it may come back to haunt you.  If anything, steer clear of all online activity until your divorce is finalized.

Understanding such do’s and don’ts during a divorce will help protect your interests and ensure you don’t shoot yourself in the foot.

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