Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok …just about everyone has a social media profile. And while social media makes it easy for people to connect with loved ones and share memorable moments, it can also turn out to be your worst enemy during the divorce process. Those posts, photos, videos and tweets could affect your divorce in a very negative way. When a couple decides to divorce, social media activity can become one of the things both parties will want to scrutinize. Some of your posts could impact property division, child custody and other aspects of the divorce process. Here are two social media mistakes you need to steer clear of during the divorce process:
You may be practically single following your separation. However, you’re legally married until that divorce is final. While changing your relationship status online from “married” to “single” can be a great idea when turning a new page in life, it could also hurt your divorce case, especially if children are involved. You are better off keeping stuff like your previous night’s party photos offline. Most importantly, it is in your best interest that you do not discuss the progress of your divorce online.
There is no doubt that divorce can be a frustrating undertaking. To most people, the first reaction would be to take to their Facebook page or Twitter thread to vent about things that are frustrating them – including their spouses. However, it is important to understand that this can be detrimental to your case. First of all, no one wants to be portrayed in a bad light in public. There is a pretty good chance that some of your social media friends also know your spouse. Seeing you disparage your spouse online could create an awkward situation. Second, badmouthing could anger your spouse, making the divorce even more contentious. Finally, badmouthing could influence the court against you and hurt your custody case. Divorce can really get messy. Find out how you can avoid costly mistakes during the divorce process.
Hassan F. Abdallah
Chief Operating Officer