How to Manage Your Social Media Accounts During Your Divorce
Over the past few years, social media has become an increasingly prevalent part of people’s lives. When you are going through a difficult divorce, you may be tempted to post on your social media accounts as you usually would. However, if you are not careful about what you post during your divorce, you may end up accidentally hurting your family law case. To ensure nothing on your social media accounts comes back to bite you, the best course of action is to shut down your accounts during the pendency of your case.
However, if you cannot bear the thought of shutting your accounts down, there are some things you should consider before posting a photo, tweeting a tweet, writing a blog, or engaging in any social media activity during your divorce case.
Social Media Activity to Avoid
Depending on the type of family law case you are trying to pursue, there are several activities you should be wary of posting about. Here are a few examples to demonstrate how social media posts could negatively affect your case:
- Posting Photos of Your New “Bling”: If you are seeking to reduce your alimony or child support obligation, posting photos of your newly acquired Porsche or Rolex Watch, or even photos of yourself on a undisclosed vacation, could serve as a red flag that you have more disposable income than you claim.
- Posting Photos of You Engaging in Reckless or Drunken Behavior: Photos of you and your best friends getting drunk at a bar could open questions as to your ability to be a positive influence on your minor children.
- Posting a Contradictory Job Title: If you claim to be unemployed on your financial affidavit in an effort to affect the amount of child support, then post on Facebook or or LinkedIn that you are on business traveling throughout the world, your spouse could use that to substantially weaken your case.
- Posting Photos of Your Night Out When You Are Supposed to Be Exercising Parenting Time: Be wary of posting photos with you and your friends having a night out on the town when you tell your spouse you have a prior work obligation.
- Posting About Your Emotions: Divorces are emotional processes. As riled up as you may become during a divorce, it is important not to let your anger out through social media where your spouse may use the violent text you wrote against you.
- Avoid Posting Negative Things On Your Spouse’s Page: No matter how angry you are, posting negative things on your spouse’s page may backfire.
Check Your Privacy Settings
Aside from trying to avoid posting anything you would not want used against you in court, you should make sure your privacy settings are set to the highest possible level on your various accounts. However, even if you do this, the other side may still be able to access your posts even if you think they are hidden or temporary (think Snapchat).
Contact an Experienced Winter Park Family Law Attorney!
Determining what is “safe” to post on social media accounts during a divorce can be confusing. A family lawyer often advises clients not to post anything they do not want a judge to see online. The experienced Winter Park family law attorneys at Cotter & Zelman, P.A. can help you navigate both your and your spouse’s social media accounts to make sure your case is not compromised by your posts but possibly helped by your spouse’s. Contact us today for a free case review.