If you are in the process of getting a divorce, you might want to lay off social media until after it is officially finalized. Using platforms like Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter can all have a serious impact on the outcome of your divorce, so it is best to refrain from online sharing for the time being. You have a lot on the line right now, so do not jeopardize it in the name of social media.
Here are some of the reasons why you should forego using social media until after your divorce is finalized:
- Your social media posts can give away your spending habits: The whole purpose of social media is to share and, if you are like many other social media users, you probably post about the vacations you go on or the purchases you are excited about, such as a new TV or a beautiful new pair of shoes. Unfortunately, sharing these purchases are very revealing when it comes to your finances and can harm your divorce case, especially if you are trying to fight for lower spousal support payments. You might even get accused of hiding or wastefully dissipating assets.
- Your pictures tell a story: Did you post a picture of yourself out with friends having a few drinks? This might be fine if you are not in the middle of legal proceedings, but during a divorce, this can get taken out of context to make you appear irresponsible. Your ex-spouse might try to argue that you party too much and, if you are trying to get custody of the kids, it can be incredibly damaging to your chances of success, so be safe and refrain from posting pictures and adjust your tag settings to prevent others from tagging you in pictures.
- Your online rants might become your undoing: We all love a good rant, but you should never post it online for everyone to see. Doing so will reflect poorly on you in court and could potentially have an impact on the outcome. If you have children, you will appear to be an uncooperative co-parent and, therefore, your custody agreement might be affected. Instead of ranting online and badmouthing your spouse on Facebook, consider hiring therapist or talk to a close friend.
- You cannot trust all of your online friends: You and your spouse probably have a lot of mutual friends. After all, you have probably known each other for a considerable amount of time. In the aftermath of a split, it can be near impossible to tell which friends are still on your side and which are on the side of your spouse. Instead of gambling with your future, do not post anything personal or related to your divorce on social media if you do not wish your spouse to see it. Otherwise, you can bet a mutual friend of yours might relay it back.
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