Social media has become a regular part of our lives. We rely on Facebook and Twitter to stay in touch with family and friends. We use these platforms to post our grievances and ask for advice. When we become so used to social media, it can be difficult to limit what we share online.
But when you’re going through a divorce, it’s crucial that you’re careful. Whatever you post online during the divorce proceedings can – and, most likely, will – be used against you.
Protect yourself from having your social media posts brought up in court by taking these preventive measures:
- Don’t post about your spouse. Talking badly about your spouse publicly is an easy way to damage your image to a judge. As much as you used social media to vent about your relationship problems in the past, now is the time to keep your feelings about your spouse to yourself. Instead of making a post, discuss your problems with a trusted friend or relative in person.
- Don’t post about extravagant expenses. The division of assets is one of the most complicated parts of divorce, and making posts of your spending habits can draw into question whether you deserve as much of the assets as you want. Plus, if you recently bought a new car or home, you should keep these purchases off social media to not reveal any hidden assets.
- Don’t post about the divorce. Your divorce is a private process. No matter how upset the experience makes you, refrain from airing details about the divorce online.
- Don’t share your location. Most social media platforms let you to tag a location. Posts that show you regularly visit bars or fancy restaurants when you should be watching the kids can be evidence against you during custody agreements.
- Don’t remove old posts. Honesty is the best policy during a divorce, and deleting past posts about your spouse or relationship can make it seem like you have something to hide.
Divorce can be challenging enough without your own words coming back to hurt you during the process. Cutting social media out of your life fully may be impossible, so try your best to remember these tips whenever you open Facebook to make a post. With precaution, you can prevent your spouse from using your social media against you.