Social media is almost as ubiquitous as owning a smart phone, offering individuals a chance to share their lives on various platforms, in different ways. While this fun and favored pastime often allow us to stay connected with those whom we cannot interact with in person on a frequent basis, it can also become a liability if you are in the midst of a divorce case. Given how much many people share on social media, this form of communication can present a wealth of evidence and information your ex-spouse might not have otherwise had access to, placing you in quite a predicament.
Here are some reasons why you should hold off on using social media if you are in the middle of a divorce:
- Finances: Of course, people are not listing their income and financial information on social media, but there are other ways for people to brag about financial wealth that are less direct. For example, if a spouse claims he or she has a low income in order to avoid alimony payments, but posts pictures on Facebook about lavish purchases and exotic vacations, this can be used as evidence to the contrary in court. Even when spouses block each other on social media, it is likely you share mutual friends, and they will be privy to your posts. The mutual friend might choose sides and divulge the information they find through social media.
- Child Custody: People share a lot on social media – where they are, what they are doing, and when they are doing it. If a parent is working through a child custody case, but posts pictures that depict irresponsible behavior, such as being drunk when he or she should be watching the children, this can derail a case.
- Dating Sites: You might be ready to move on and hit the dating scene, but the fact is that you should hold off on this until your divorce is finalized. Creating a dating profile might show evidence of cheating and, given that we often present ourselves differently on dating profiles, any lies you tell can be used against you in court.
Ultimately, one of the best things you can do for yourself until your divorce reaches a resolution is to stop using social media. That said, you should not delete your social media account since this might be considered a destruction of evidence. Instead, simply stop using your accounts to ensure you are protected throughout the proceedings.
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