If you are like many people, social media is a part of your daily routine. According to Pew Research Center, more than half of Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat users visit these sites every day.
If you are thinking about ending your marriage, you may not realize that your online habits could impact the outcome of the divorce proceedings. Here is what you need to know about social media and divorce.
How can social media affect my divorce?
Your online activity could have unexpected consequences on the outcome of your divorce settlement, affecting everything from custody arrangements to spousal support.
For example, if your pictures depict lavish trips or expensive purchases, your spouse could claim that you do not need spousal support or that you can afford to pay more in alimony. Behavior that could depict you in a negative light could demonstrate that you are not a responsible parent. If you vent your frustration online, your spouse could use these angry posts to question your temperament.
What are some social media best practices to follow during a divorce?
During a divorce, think carefully before posting anything online. Additionally, you should follow these tips regarding your social media use:
- Never discuss the court proceedings
- Avoid speaking negatively about your spouse
- Do not discuss dating or post pictures of yourself dating
- Remove images or content that could make you look irresponsible
- Do not assume your private accounts are actually hidden
Because social media can be so detrimental to the outcome of your settlement, you should rethink your online habits. It may be advisable to log off altogether until after the divorce.