Social media is incredibly ubiquitous these days, especially amidst a global pandemic where in-person social interactions are few and far between for many of us. However, using social media during a divorce can present many potential risks that may derail your case and negatively impact your settlement. Given how much is at stake, you should not jeopardize it by continuing to share posts online. Continue reading to learn more about the dangers of using social media during a divorce.
The Importance of Taking a Social Media Hiatus
Social media is a treasure trove when it comes to personal information. Moreover, regardless of the privacy settings you are using, you and your spouse likely share many mutual friends, some of whom may not be as trustworthy as you think. Since there is no way to guarantee the posts you share will not end up being relayed to your spouse, it is best to be cautious when sharing anything online.
Even if you are not prone to venting on the internet, information can be gleaned from your social media posts in other ways. For example, if you use the check-in feature to reveal where you are having dinner, the places you travel, or where you spend much of your time, it can say a lot about your financial and social habits.
Pictures are even more of a risk, especially since they can easily be taken out of context and used against you in court. For example, if you spend an evening out with friends at a bar after a long day at work, and post pictures of your outing, this is the kind of imagery that can make you seem irresponsible. If you have children, it may have an impact on your ability to secure the custody arrangement you are seeking.
If you choose to continue using social media, do so cautiously, and consider the following tips:
- Do not share any details about your divorce.
- Do not write anything negative about your spouse.
- Do not post anything about your children.
- Do not mention anything about dating.
- Ask your friends and family not to post about your divorce.
If you are ever in doubt of whether your post is safe to share, err on the side of caution and refrain from posting it.
Reach Out to Our Family Law Team for the Skilled Legal Guidance You Need Today!
If you are getting a divorce, it is crucial to take a social media break. You should also retain legal counsel as soon as possible. At Goldweber Epstein LLP, our family law team is backed by more than three decades of experience and is committed to helping families overcome the most difficult legal obstacles. You can rely on us for the guidance you need.
Call us today at (917) 809-7669 to set up an initial consultation with a member of our team.