Understanding How Social Media Can Affect Divorce


If you are going through a bitter divorce, you will want to make sure that your soon-to-be ex-spouse has very little that can be used against you in a court of law. This is why, once you file for divorce, you should make sure that your social media profiles do not contain any pictures or updates that could be used negatively against you in court. Here are some tips for using social media smartly during your divorce.

Check Your History

What may be innocent photographs in your history can quickly be misconstrued. Pictures and posts that you made prior to filing for divorce can be used to substantiate infidelity claims if they appear too flirtatious. While there are privacy filters on most social media sites, this may not be enough, since it is often the mutual friends or contacts that you and your spouse share on social media who will pass on your pictures and posts to your estranged spouse. The best thing you can do is to remove any potentially harmful pictures and posts before you file for a divorce.

Keep Your Dating Life Private

If you have found someone new, while you may be excited about the new relationship, this is not the time to post to social media about it. Keep your new romance private. Remember that, even if you have been separated for some time, you are still married. If you are ready to move on and your spouse isn't, they may become bitter and use an infidelity claim against you in court.

Think Wisely Before You Post Anything

If your social media is being watched, it will only take a few seconds to get a screenshot of what you have posted along with the date of the post. If you are tempted to post something negative about your spouse because of the need to vent your frustrations, you should think twice, since your spouse or a mutual friend could get a screenshot before you can delete your post. This can cause bitter feelings to arise that may turn an otherwise amicable divorce into an ugly one. If you are used to venting on social media, doing this during your divorce is not a good idea. Instead, you should rely on friends, family and even your therapist to vent your feelings.

Understanding how social media can negatively impact your divorce will help you to avoid the pitfalls that can occur if you do not use social media wisely during a divorce. For more tips, contact a firm such as Kalamarides & Lambert. A lawyer can be a valuable resource for guiding your behavior during a divorce.


18 August 2015