When you are going through a stressful life event like a divorce, it is not uncommon to want to share what’s going through your mind with the people who care about you. And one way people vent their emotions and frustrations is through their social media activity.
Whereas social networking sites are great platforms for interacting with loved ones, what you post on social media when you are dealing with a legal matter like a divorce can become an item of interest to the court. If you are going through a divorce, a contentious or an amicable one, here are two compelling reasons why you’d rather mind your social media activity.
Watching your word choice
During the divorce, your spouse will keep an eye on your social media profiles in search of anything they can use against you to gain an upper hand. For instance, any post that talks ill about your spouse can give the court the impression that you may not promote a healthy relationship between your child and the other parent. In the real sense, this is parental alienation, and it can cause problems.
A picture speaks a thousand words
If you’ve separated, moved out of the marital home and decided to give love another try, you may not help but introduce your new love to your social media “family.” While no law prevents you from seeing someone new while your divorce is underway, you need to be mindful of how this will impact your custody case.
Likewise, posting photos of you partying, shopping or on an expensive vacation can impact your property division as well as child and spousal support cases.
Divorce under any circumstance is emotionally draining. If you are going through a divorce, it is in your best interests that you avoid missteps that can derail your case.