Social media is part of our modern culture and is almost impossible to avoid. While there are still some people who do not post anything on social media, most people use Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as a way to vent their personal and private frustrations. Divorces are no different, and when one spouse takes to social media, it is possible that the information they share with the world can be used against them in a court of law. These posts, comments, and tweets can ultimately negatively affect your divorce case. If you are considering dissolving your marriage, it is important that you consider the interplay of social media and divorce.
Your Divorce Announcement
A best practice is to never post anything on any social media if you are frustrated, angry or upset. Anything you put on social media is up for public consumption. Even if you have your privacy settings at the strictest possible level, any person can always simply take a screenshot of your picture or post and then disseminate it to whomever they choose. If you are preparing to file for divorce, it is likely unwise to make any announcements of this on social media. In fact, the best practice is to simply never mention anything at all about your divorce on social media until the divorce is completely finalized; even then you should proceed with caution and first discuss with your attorney.
Attempting to Get Revenge
You may feel the need to get revenge on your soon-to-be ex-spouse by posting incredible pictures of you socializing, having a great time, going on trips, or simply enjoying life. While you have every right to do what you want in your personal time, know that these photographs can be taken out of context and used against you in the divorce process. A soon-to-be ex-spouse may say that pictures of you drinking heavily or dating several people which can have negative impacts on matters involving custody and visitation. Remember, anything you (or your friends) post on social media can be found and used against you.
Contact an Experienced Divorce Attorney to Learn More About Social Media and Divorce
An experienced divorce attorney can help you navigate all the different and important parts of a divorce case, such as social media and divorce, not just help you understand the law. If you are considering filing for divorce, or have recently been served divorce papers, learn how our experienced divorce attorneys at Kurylo Gold & Josey can help you today. Contact us at (540) 642-1766 or connect with us online. We would welcome the opportunity to discuss your legal options with you and help you understand your rights.