Countless couples rely on social media accounts to keep in contact with mutual friends, former co-workers or family members across the world. Unfortunately, when divorce becomes a reality, it is important to limit your personal exposure to the Internet. Essentially, typing the wrong thing can have a disastrous impact on the end of your marriage and your life going forward.
Here are some tips to remember about social networking and divorce:
- What you say can be used as evidence: You might think you are posting to a select few, but bragging about hidden assets, a new relationship or money spent without your spouse’s knowledge can be used during the divorce proceedings to impact things like custody, property division and the determination of support. The same is true of emotional outbursts that might ultimately cast you in a poor light. It is wise to stay off social media or keep everything neutral and civil.
- Don’t post anything you wouldn’t say to your spouse (or the world) in person: Because that’s essentially what you are doing. Even what you might consider a private message can be uncovered by tech experts and used to influence the court proceeding. It is like the first point – keep everything civil and neutral. You should consider all forms of social networking to be public and permanent.
It is important to remember that every situation is different. It is wise to discuss with your attorney the various rules and regulations you might need to be aware of in your city, state or municipality. Until you get a concrete answer, though, it is crucial that you keep quiet on social media and don’t say anything online that you wouldn’t say directly to the judge.