Social media is incredibly ubiquitous these days and most of us have an
account on at least one platform, such as Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.
While social media is certainly a great way to share your life with friends
and family and an effective tool for networking and expanding your circle
of friends and acquaintances, it can be immensely detrimental to your
settlement if you are in the midst of a divorce. With so much at stake,
it is generally unwise to continue to use social media before your divorce
is finalized. How can something so seemingly innocuous cause so much damage?
Continue reading to find out.
Below is a list of reasons why you should stay off social media during
Posts can easily be taken out of context: A post that might seem harmless to you could actually be used against you
in court and taken out of context to hurt your case. For example, if you
post a picture of yourself drinking with friends on a night out, or pictures
that might portray you as an excessive drinker partier, you might not
seem too responsible to a judge. If you are trying to win custody of your
children, this sort of behavior will certainly have an impact on whether
or not you are able to successfully obtain the visitation rights or custody
arrangement you are fighting for. Remember, almost anything can be taken
out of context, so the best course of action is to err on the side of
caution and avoid social media for the time being.
Your posts contradict statements you made in court: People often try to make themselves seem much better off online than they
are in real life, but unfortunately, stretching the truth on social media
during your divorce can actually have serious ramifications. If you go
to court and claim that you cannot make alimony payments, but make a post
on social media about a lavish new purchase or an expensive vacation,
you are going to look like a liar to a judge. Dishonesty will get you
nowhere in court, so stay away from social media and you will be able
to resist the temptation of fibbing about how well you are doing.
You post details about your divorce: The divorce is likely at the forefront of your mind and, of course, when
many of us post to social media, we tend to post about what is currently
happening in our lives. However, if you log into Facebook to write a post
about how much of a terrible person your former spouse is and how angry
you are with him or her, this will only backfire on you.
The posts your friends make might hurt you: Even if they do not intend to cause you any harm, the posts your friends
make on social media can potentially harm you as well. Ask them not to
tag you in any pictures or posts and to never post anything regarding
the details of your marriage or divorce.
Your posts are never really private: Just because you unfriended or blocked your spouse does not mean he or
she will never be able to see your posts. The two of you shared a life
together and likely have a lot of mutual friends. You might not know who
is loyal to you or to your spouse, so if you post something that might
be useful to your spouse, you can bet a friend might spill the beans and
provide screenshots of it to use against you in court. Instead of trying
to figure out who among your friends you should remove from your friends
list, simply stay off social media until your divorce is finalized.
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