In today’s society, social media is an every day, integral part of our lives. Whether we use it to communicate with friends and family or keep up with current events, there are various ways in which social media connects us all.
However, this kind of connection can also have an adverse effect on legal battles, especially divorce proceedings. The accessibility of our private lives can expose certain information which we would rather remain hidden.
The following are five reasons to stay away from social media during divorce:
- Pictures a worth a thousand words. Pictures can contain revealing information about the way you live. If you post a picture consuming large amounts of alcohol, using illegal drugs, or behaving inappropriately, it may appear that you are not a fit parent for your children in the eyes of the judge.
- Exposing your secrets. When you are not cautious about what you post and who you’re friends with, your soon-to-be-ex spouse may see all of your secrets, such as extramarital affairs.
- Showing off your spending habits. If you post treating yourself out to expensive meals, or even a luxurious vacation, you are essentially providing clues about possible hidden assets. Furthermore, if you arguing for lower child support or alimony payments, online posts about lavish spending can harm your case.
- Your friends can expose you. Despite being extremely careful about how you appear on social media, you are still at risk of posts made by friends. If you are tagged with certain people or at certain places, these posts can be just as incriminating as if you did them yourself.
- Posts are permanent. Always think twice before going on an online rant or posting something incriminating on social media. Even if you delete a post, there is always a possibility of someone taking a screenshot before it was taken down.
For more information, contact Phillip M. Herr, Attorney at Law and schedule a consultation with our Flower Mound divorce lawyer today.