Are you in the process of getting divorced? If so, it’s important to make sure you’re not putting yourself at risk or exposing issues that could put your divorce settlement at risk. Social media plays a big role in our day to day life, making it a prime place for capturing evidence in a divorce case.
Remember That Social Media Posts are Admissible in Court
It’s essential to understand that social media posts are admissible in court. This means that whatever you post on your social media pages can be used against you in court when determining property division, child custody, custody of pets, spousal support and more. It’s also important to remember that whatever you post is permanent. It can be deleted, but that doesn’t mean that it hasn’t already been screenshotted, saved or seen by someone.
So, what should you avoid doing on social media while you have a divorce pending? Here are three things to avoid doing on social media when you’re going through a divorce:
- Do not complain about your spouse on the internet We know that going through a divorce is hard. Your soon to be ex-spouse is doing things that infuriate you, but you should avoid complaining about them on the internet, and especially on your social media pages. If you are saying things that are false and cannot be proven, this may be used against you. Threatening or criticizing them, especially their ability to parent, can really come back to haunt you.
- Do not go back and delete anything on your social media pages You might think it’s smart to go back and delete some questionable posts from the past on your social media page. However, doing so can make it appear as if you’re guilty of something. This can also be considered destruction of evidence in some instances, which is a criminal offense. What’s on the web is already out there—and likely has already been screenshotted or saved—so just leave it be.
- Do not discuss drug or alcohol abuse This seems like a no-brainer, but people often don’t abide by it. Never post anything on your social media regarding or showing you using drugs and alcohol. Sure it might be an innocent night out with friends and you might have only consumed one drink, but it can be taken out of context.
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