Nowadays, what you Tweet, share, and post online can not only contribute to the end of your marriage, it can also have unforeseen consequences on your divorce. For this reason, it’s important to understand the do’s and don’ts of engaging in social media once you have made the decision to split from your spouse. Like the saying goes, “Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.”
How Online Activity Can Affect Settlement Negotiations
In today’s day and age, people have become accustomed to sharing everything online—from where they eat to who they hang out with. While this may seem innocent enough, many fail to realize that sharing everything on social media could have serious implications. For example, one spouse may tell the court they can’t afford spousal support, only to post pictures of their expensive ski vacation the next day.
Social media posts, as well as emails and text messages, can be used as evidence.
Don’t fall into the trap of oversharing on social media. Anything you post, Tweet, or share should be something you would be willing to say in court. Simply blocking or deleting your spouse on social media isn’t enough. Once you put something down in writing, especially online, it’s there forever. For this reason, many divorce attorneys would recommend staying away from social media altogether.
How Social Media Can Affect Your Custody Agreement
Sadly, what you share on social media can also have an effect on your custody agreement. Even a relatively harmless photo could have serious ramifications. For example, your spouse may try to prove that you are an unfit parent by presenting a picture of you partying while it was your weekend with the kids. The court may find this problematic, which could, in turn, affect your custody agreement.