Social media is a great networking tool that allows us to connect with others, regardless of distance, and allows to share our lives with others in ways that were previously impossible. Of course, the fact that we can now so easily share our thoughts and experiences with others is also a liability, particularly when you are in the middle of legal proceedings, such as divorce. Social media is so revealing that it should not be surprising that it can ultimately become harmful under certain circumstances. To avoid the negative effects of this tool, it is imperative to avoid it altogether until your divorce is finalized.
For some, the thought of staying logged out of social media can inspire some anxiety and displeasure, but that is nothing compared to what is on the line in a divorce case. Even the most benign post can have unintended consequences on the outcome of your divorce.
Why You Should Avoid Using Social Media
You might be wondering how something so seemingly harmless can affect your divorce, especially if you already removed your spouse from your list of friends or followers. You probably still share a lot of mutual friends and it can be impossible to determine which friends are siding with you or with your spouse. Someone will inevitably relay your posts to your spouse.
Moreover, much of what we post online is very personal. If you post pictures of yourself out drinking with friends, these pictures can be taken out of context to make you seem irresponsible or reckless, which can harm your chances of obtaining custody. If you post pictures of yourself away on an exotic vacation, you likely will not be able to convince a judge that you cannot afford spousal support payments. In fact, you might even look dishonest in court.
If you like to vent online, this could also come back to haunt you. Badmouthing your soon-to-be ex-spouse on Facebook or any other platform will not do you any favors, so if you really need to get something off your chest, do it in-person with a friend or a therapist.
If You Still Decide to Use Social Media
If you absolutely cannot put a stop to social media usage, you should at least refrain from posting anything personal or anything related to your divorce. You should also increase your security settings and prevent others from tagging you in pictures or posts. Lastly, if you are unsure if you should a post is appropriate or not, do not post it or, at the very least, first consult with your attorney.
Reach Out to an Experienced Divorce Attorney!
Divorce can be a complex and emotionally draining experience, which is why it is crucial to have knowledgeable legal guidance on your side. At Nichols Dixon PLLC, we are committed to providing sound legal advice and fierce legal representation on behalf of those are going through the divorce process. We understand that this is not an easy time for you and will do what we can to ensure it goes smoothly from start to finish.
Contact our law office today at (405) 294-1511 to request a case review with a member of our legal team.