These days, pretty much everyone has a social media profile – and it’s fun. We love to touch base with friends, families and, at times, our frenemies. However, if you are currently dealing with any legal matter, such as a divorce, then you need to understand that your social media activity can impact the outcome of your case.
Here is the point: just like your emails and text messages, your social media activity is treated as “discoverable” information that your spouse can use against you during your divorce case. Even with your privacy settings on, a determined spouse can still use their networks to dig into your Facebook posts and come up with something incriminating.
It is generally advisable that you avoid social media altogether during your divorce. However, if you have to use it, then you need to avoid the following mistakes:
Posting too much information
You have the right to post whatever you wish on your wall (granted it is legal), and that’s fine. Also, nothing stops you from meeting new people and giving love another shot, going on that Caribbean cruise or partying with friends. However, if you are going through a divorce process (especially a contentious one), then you need to think twice before sharing your latest romance, party photos of an intoxicated you or vacation photos with the world. Doing any of these can impact your divorce case in a number of ways.
Badmouthing your spouse
When you are going through a stressful life event like a divorce, it is natural to turn to social media to vent your frustrations. However, using your social media platform to bash your spouse can send the message that you are likely to be a difficult co-parent, and this can impact the outcome of your child custody case. Instead of ranting on social media, find a confidant or a counselor to talk to.
Divorce is, by all accounts, a stressful life event. However, knowing your obligations can help you go through your divorce without jeopardizing your rights and interests.