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Social Media and Divorce


Going through a divorce can be stressful, and because of the level of technology in use today there are potential issues that may arise that people might not consider. Those issues can affect your case, so it's important that you have an understanding of what to avoid doing. One possible issue is social media. What you share on your social media accounts can have an impact on the settlement you obtain in your divorce. Even if you think your spouse can't see your accounts, they may have mutual friends or even family members who can.

Do You Want the Judge to See That?

If you wouldn't feel comfortable with the judge in your divorce case reading or seeing something you've posted to social media, don't post it. Because emails, text messages, and other communications can be used during divorce proceedings, the best thing you can do is make sure you aren't saying things that a judge would find contradictory to what you are seeking in connection with your divorce. What you say online and what you say in court should match.

Alimony and Child Support Can Easily Be Affected

Claiming in court that you don't have a job and need alimony may not get you anywhere if you're also posting on social media about your great job and coworkers, or about the expensive vacations you're taking and the things you're buying. Conversely, if your ex appears to be spending a lot of money or lists a side business on any of his or her social media accounts, that might be used to secure more child or spousal support.

Don't Use It, But Don't Delete It, Either

You can reduce the chances that there will be a problem with your social media accounts and content by just not using them during the divorce. Let them sit, and you can always return to them once everything is finalized.

Seek Legal Advice

In any divorce, there are many factors that need to be considered. Because they are not always obvious, it is generally advisable to contact a knowledgeable divorce lawyer for guidance.

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