Your social media accounts might feel like a safe space to express your frustrations and seek comfort amid divorce proceedings, but you may want to think twice before you post.
Your ex can use social media posts and comments against you in court. Here are four social media best practices that may benefit your divorce case.
1. Do not post details of your divorce
As tempting as it is, you should avoid posting details of your divorce online. Your ex may use any information you post about them or the divorce process to portray you negatively in court. This can have deep implications, especially regarding child custody arrangements.
2. Keep a record of your ex’s posts
Just as sharing certain information can harm your position in a divorce, the same action can harm your former partner. If they share details about you, the divorce or anything else that does not sit right with you, share it with your representation.
3. Remember that social media is forever
Even if you delete direct messages, comments and posts that might make you look bad, they are never truly gone. People might hold onto screenshots to use against you, and social media companies can still access your information afterward. If the court subpoenas the company for your data, they will likely supply it.
4. Avoid sharing expensive purchases
Sharing expensive purchases can complicate and prolong divorce negotiations, especially if child support or spousal maintenance is in question. It is best to keep these purchases to yourself if you make them.
Social media is a powerful tool that can help you stay connected with distant friends and relatives, but misusing it can harm your divorce case. Take a moment to ponder the potential implications before you post.