Using Social Media Before, During, and After a Divorce

Using Social Media Before, During, and After a Divorce

Posted By R. Gregory Colvin LLC || 10-Mar-2016

Going through a divorce? If so, it is important you watch what you post on social media. In a world where the internet has become an integral part of everyday life, it is important that we remember the impact that posting online can have on a person’s reputation and privacy. Posting certain things on the internet can have a massive impact on divorce negotiations and can potentially be used as evidence to sway a judge’s decision in your spouse’s favor.

Privacy Settings? Not So Much

Despite the myriad of privacy settings on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus, there is always a possibility that a post will wind up in the hands of an unintended recipient. Many social networks, Facebook in particular, have features that allow friends of friends to see posts that their friends have liked or commented on, thereby widening the audience of a person’s seemingly private posts to a much larger crowd of people. In addition, spouses often have mutual friends who can relay information about the other spouse’s current activity and potentially unearth unsavory behaviors.

For example, say a couple is separated and is in the middle of divorce proceedings. If the husband is tagged in a racy photo with his mistress, his infidelity has now been exposed and it can be used to the wife’s advantage to negotiate for a larger alimony award. Exposure of this nature can affect nearly any type of divorce dispute, including property distribution, child custody, and child support arrangements.

Are Social Media Posts Admissible as Evidence?

Yes. Any type of electronically-communicated message such as text messages, emails, social media posts, and blogs can be submitted as evidence in divorce court. For this reason, it is vital you review everything your write and ask yourself if you would be comfortable with a judge reading what you have written before hitting “send.”

To protect yourself, do not post the following before, during, or shortly after your divorce:

  • Derogatory comments regarding your spouse
  • Photos or posts depicting irresponsible parenting
  • Photos of newly purchased vehicles and other assets
  • Racial slurs or other morally questionable content
  • Posts with new significant others during divorce proceedings

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