Most people have social media accounts these days, which they use to stay in touch with friends and family. While beneficial, the use of social media can complicate divorce for many couples, especially when the process is contentious.
The information posted on social media is admissible in court, so it can affect the outcome of decisions related to custody, asset division, and other topics. Here are a few things you can do to prevent your posts from coming back to haunt you during the case.
Make sure your profile is private
Cleaning up your friends list can have a positive effect on your divorce. Removing your ex-spouse, their family, and any mutual friends will spare you lots of stress, while also keeping the divorce proceedings on the right track. You must also make sure that you are using the appropriate privacy settings; otherwise, it is possible that unauthorized people can access your feed and use information against you.
Be mindful of what you say
Speaking ill of your ex online can also impact the outcome of your case. For example, if you make negative statements during a custody dispute, your ex can make the argument that you are preventing them from having a healthy relationship with your child. If you must talk about your former spouse online, use positive language at all times.
Stop posting completely
Many legal experts recommend that divorcing couples cease using social media altogether while the case plays out. Quitting social media ensures your ex-spouse does not have any evidence to use against you. It can also decrease stress and anxiety regarding your divorce, especially when it comes to your previous relationship.
In general, it is best not to discuss the case with anyone online for any reason. Relegate conversations to phone, text, or email, and only discuss details with certain people, such as your legal team or your former spouse.