Divorces are messy business. While most divorces are agreed divorces in which both parties are on the same page, some cases will need the court’s intervention. In those cases where a court hearing is necessary, your social media history can have a significant effect on the outcome of your case. If you’re going through a divorce right now, it’s really important that you put your best foot forward at all times, especially on social media. Using discretion on your personal accounts could mean the difference between getting a favorable divorce settlement or not. Here are a few things we recommend you avoid doing on social media during your divorce.
Don’t Use Social Media as Your Online Divorce Diary
We’re divorce lawyers, so we understand how hard divorce is on people. Many of our clients have to find ways of coping with the stress and emotions of it all. However, it’s never a good idea to post your emotions on Facebook.
Posting a status about how awful your ex-spouse is or something equally emotionally charged gives your ex’s attorney plenty of material to use against you during the divorce proceedings. Divorce attorneys are good at spinning everything to make you look unstable or even crazy. Don’t give the opposing lawyer any more ammunition than they already have. Keep emotional posts off Facebook and talk with a professional counselor instead.
Don’t Share Your Ex’s Secrets
Anger makes us do irrational things. During your contested divorce, avoid exposing any of your ex’s secrets. It can be very tempting to embarrass your ex online by revealing their dark secrets, however this does nothing to help you win a good divorce settlement. Your attorney will have to do a lot of damage control if you do this, costing you even more money.
Also remember that your ex knows things about you that you wouldn’t want the rest of the world to know. If you post something about him or her, then they’re likely to do the same to you.
Don’t Post Your Activities
Your ex’s lawyer is watching your social accounts like a hawk. Avoid posting about your fun night out with friends as that can be used as an example of why you’re an unfit parent if you’re attempting to get child custody. Everything from a photo to being tagged at bars late at night can hurt your case.
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