When Social Media Negatively Affects Your Divorce Proceedings
It is common for people to share things happening in their life on social media. Things such as birthdays, entertainment events as well as opinions and feelings on different topics are all shared on social media. When you do this, it can quickly become a habit. Things change when you are facing a divorce. A social media habit can easily become a serious liability when legally separating from a partner.
Not Managing Your Page’s Privacy
As you go through the divorce process, you’ll have many things happening with your mind and emotions. This is the time it’s essential to review each of your social media profiles. The next thing is to set each of the settings to be as private as possible.
You should do this to ensure only individuals you trust can see what you are posting. This is a time when photos, posts or any information you permit to be seen publicly on your social media accounts may be used against you. It’s best not to share anything public during this time, or to stop sharing altogether.
Accepting Friend Requests
During the divorce process, you should be very careful when considering a friend request from any individual you don’t personally know. You may want to stop accepting friend requests until your divorce is final.
A friend request could be from someone who is friends with your spouse and wants to record your online activities. Some people have had their spouse create a fake profile and send a friend request to the person they are divorcing. It’s also a good time to review your friend list and eliminate anyone who may be too close with your spouse.
Posting the Wrong Thing
Should you post anything online that can be viewed by the public, it will be able to be accessed for a very long time. You may be able to delete or destroy digital information on your end, but you will not have any control over how it is handled by third parties. It is possible for them to copy everything you post and keep it for years into the future.
It’s also important to realize search engines have automated bots that travel the web to capture content. Once data is captured, it is frozen in time and able to be accessed. In many cases, what you put on social media can be retrieved from a search engine for a long time.
Sharing Emotional Posts
You may feel that your social media accounts are places to share your feelings, thoughts, life activities and more. It can be a great place to vent and experience the support of your friends. It’s important to know that when you share your feelings or thoughts about your divorce, it can be your spouse who benefits.
When you feel like you need to discuss what you’re feeling with a friend, it may be best to meet them in person. It’s important not to post anything negative concerning your spouse or provide any details about your divorce. When people avoid doing this, they avoid one of the most common mistakes that happen during a divorce.
Sharing Legal Details
It’s important for you to realize anything you post on social media during the divorce process could be used against you. This often happens when someone posts something that is at odds with what they put in legal documents.
It’s not a time to talk about future income, business dealings or other types of things you may not have shared with your spouse. Remember that your spouse is getting the same type of advice from their attorney. They will also be careful not to share anything that you can be used against them.
Showing Off Your Money
You may post a photo that could be innocent. Your spouse could turn it into something terrible and evidence you should have limited exposure to your children. You may post a picture of something you purchased that you’ve saved money for years to buy or a trip to Disneyland. This could be used by your spouse as evidence you can pay more in child support.
Showing Poor Parenting Habits
These things have happened to other people going through the divorce process. Something as innocent as a person posing with their children while holding a bottle of beer has been used to try and classify a person as an unfit parent.
You should realize that any information posted on the internet involving your children may be used to your spouse’s advantage.
Ghandi Deeter Blackham Law Offices has experienced Las Vegas family attorneys who can guide you through this difficult time. Contact us now by filing out the form to the right or calling us at 702-878-1115.