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Can social media affect your divorce?

On Behalf of | Jun 30, 2022 | Family Law

Virtually everyone is on social media these days. While it is beneficial when it comes to keeping in touch with your loved ones, social media can have a negative impact on your divorce.

Accordingly, legal professionals urge their clients to curtail their usage and be mindful of what they say online during the case. Here are a few ways to keep yourself on track.

Do not seek out negative information on your ex

It is tempting to search through social medial profiles and other channels to search for damaging information regarding your ex. Some people even ask others for information they might have. This information may not be trustworthy, so it can possibly lead you down the wrong path. And if word gets back to your ex, they may bring the subject up in court and claim harassment.

Set your privacy settings to secure your profile

It is best to unfriend your ex-spouse, their friends and family, and any mutual acquaintances. Additionally, you should use the highest possible privacy settings to prevent others from accessing your profile. Information found online is admissible in court, and this includes social media posts and other online data.

Refrain from using negative language

If you must post about your ex, be very mindful about what you are saying. Discretion is particularly important when involved in a custody battle, as it could color the court’s opinion. Barring instances of abuse or neglect, courts prefer awarding joint custody to ensure the child has a healthy, loving relationship with both parents. If they believe you are combative or vindictive, they may choose to give your spouse sole custody.

Many experts recommend avoiding use of social media until your case is complete. In addition to preventing you from harming your case, avoiding social media can also provide peace of mind and help you focus on the bigger picture.