What Not To Do On Social Media During Your Divorce
Social media has been an ever present part of our lives for many years now. While using social media can help us stay connected with our friends, the news, and many of the things we love, it can pose some pretty serious real world risks as well. It’s always wise to be mindful of what you are posting and sharing on sites like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok, but this is even more important for individuals who are currently going through divorce proceedings. It’s a fact that what you post on social media can be used against you in court during a divorce. That’s why the family law experts here at Oxendine Law wanted to discuss a few social media mistakes to avoid.
Mistake #1: Posting Anything You Wouldn’t Want Read Out In Court
It’s critical to understand and accept that your social media presence is fair game during your divorce. This is also true of any form of communication between you and your spouse including texts, emails, and other forms of messaging. We know that these interactions can often be stressful and emotionally challenging, but it’s essential to resist the urge to hastily post something angry that could impact the court’s decision in your divorce.
Mistake #2: Disclosing Financial Information
In cases where alimony or child support decisions will be made, many people make the mistake of exposing themselves financially on social media. Even something as minor as showing off a new purchase or dinner at a nicer restaurant can be used against you by your spouse’s attorney when the judge is making their rulings.
Mistake #3: Allowing Yourself To Be Tagged In Inappropriate Posts
Even things that you don’t post yourself can have a potentially damaging effect. Pictures that other people tag you in can also be taken into account. We strongly recommend changing your Facebook timeline and other social site settings to make sure that nothing will be shared to your timeline until you have had an opportunity to personally review it. You will then have the option to deny the tag if you think it will be in your best interest. Discretion is something that you should value highly on social media during your divorce.
We understand that social media might not be the most pressing thing on your mind during a difficult and stressful time, but this advice is not something to be taken lightly. How you conduct yourself online can be a serious consideration for the court during your divorce proceeding. For more information, contact Oxendine Law at (770) 497-8688 today to schedule a meeting in-person, over the phone, or by video conference. You can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram for additional family law tips, news, and more helpful information.