It has become increasingly common for couples going through a divorce to make mistakes while posting on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media outlets. However, you should be careful with social media during a divorce because what you post could become evidence used against you in court. Common social media mistakes during divorce may include:
- Bashing your ex. Divorce can be an ugly process where emotions run rampant. However, it can be a costly mistake to bash your ex on social media. Depending on what you post, you could be sued for libel. Inflammatory posts could also hurt your child custody case.
- Posting about your finances. It can be risky to post detailed information about your finances during a divorce. Your ex could use posts about a raise at work or photos of a new car to argue that you are hiding income.
- Showing irresponsible behavior. If you are in the middle of a child custody case, then it would be a major mistake to post bad or irresponsible behaviors. For example, it could harm your case if you check into a bar every night on Facebook.
- Signing up on dating sites. Signing up on a dating sites can make you look like an unfaithful partner. Depending on the circumstances, your dating profile could be seen as infidelity. In Texas, this could have an impact on alimony and child custody decisions.
It is also possible that you and your ex may share friends on Facebook, LinkedIn and other social media websites. Shared friends may still be able to see your posts. You should also be careful with emails and text messages. Both forms of correspondence can be admissible in court.
Should I Give Up Social Media During a Divorce?
For some people, it may be best to give social media a break while going through a divorce. However, other people may be required to use social media accounts for professional reasons. A good rule of thumb is to avoid sending any form of electronic correspondence during your divorce that you would not want the judge to read.
Lewisville family law attorney Jared Julian has extensive experience helping North Texas residents with child custody proceedings, divorce, mediation and paternity suits.