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Divorce is one of the most stressful life events that someone can encounter. There are so many things to think about, like the kids, the properties, the money, the list goes on, but what about social media? As our world becomes more connected through the use of social media, we must be aware of what we post, because those things can affect your negotiations. Here are some simple don’ts to keep in mind while getting your divorce:
DON’T complain about your ex-spouse on social media. Any post is subject to be used during the trial or negotiation process, especially if what you are posting is untrue. It is just the best practice to avoid it altogether.
DON’T post about any of the divorce proceedings, including anything to do with your lawyer, filings, or anything the parties (including your ex) said/did in court. This extends to your friends and family, so it is probably best to discuss this with them early on.
DON’T post photos depicting alcohol or drug use. This is especially true if there is arguments over child custody, as this can be spun to show you as an ‘unfit’ parent.
DON’T post about your children doing anything your ex spouse would not approve of. This can also be used to show you are ‘unfit; or that you regularly do things against your ex’s wishes/knowledge.
DON’T post anything regarding your new romantic relationships. If there are allegations of infidelity, this can be used during the trial or negotiation process, even if the relationship begun after the filing. It can also be used during a custody dispute, as this is typically a new person in your child’s life, and the court does take this into consideration.
DON’T post anything regarding big purchases or trips, especially if they were planned after the filing. Your ex-spouse could use these to show financial misconduct. Also, do not post about any influx or efflux or money, because these could be used to influence alimony or child custody agreements.
Social media acts as a record and shows your short term feelings/actions about long term events. This means that it can also be used to prove infidelity or financial misconduct. To avoid anything coming back to affect the outcome of your divorce, take the general advice given to young people, to not post anything that any future employer would disapprove of. But, if you have any questions, the divorce lawyers in Arlington, TX would be more than happy to assist you in all your divorce needs.
Thanks to Brandy Austin Law Firm, PLLC for their insight into family law and avoiding social media during divorce.