Divorces can get messy quickly and there are a few ways to make them get more contentious. One of those is through the misuse of social media. You might think that you’re venting to friends and family online, but social media can put your divorce attorney in a bind and also negatively impact your divorce proceedings.
Social media is a great tool for staying connected to your loved ones, but when you’re going through a divorce it is essential to be careful with what you post. Keep reading for three tips on social media use when going through a divorce.
- Do not complain about your spouse on social media.
- Do not delete things on social media.
- Refrain from mentioning alcohol or drug use.
First and foremost, you should never complain about your spouse on social media. You might think it’s no big deal to complain about how they are a bad parent or are trying to screw you over in the divorce proceedings, but this can have serious results. If you say anything that cannot be proven or that is false, it can be used against you in the divorce proceedings. To be safe, you should just avoid talking about your spouse online at all.
When you’re going through a divorce, you should never delete things from your social media. You might think deleting old posts will help you, but it can have the opposite effect. Remember that you can never permanently delete anything from your account and if you do, it can make you look guilty. In some instances, it can also be considered destruction of evidence which is a criminal offense.
It is also important to refrain from posting about alcohol or drug use when going through a divorce proceeding. Alcohol and marijuana are legal in California, but that doesn’t mean you should post about it because your actions can be taken out of context. This is most important if there are children involved and you are fighting for custody. To be safe, just don’t post anything about drinking or using drugs, especially pictures.
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If you are going through a divorce, it is important that you don’t give your spouse any ammo throughout the proceedings. Missteps on social media can be detrimental to your case, especially if you are complaining about your spouse or posting images of alcohol and drug use. Be very careful about what you post online, even if you think your spouse cannot see it. Also, be sure to contact an experienced family law attorney like Kendall, Gkikas & Mitchell, LLP for help going through the divorce process.
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