How Social Media Can Work Against You in a Divorce
These days, it is rare for anyone to reach adulthood without establishing some kind of internet presence. However, if you are going through a divorce, it is important to tread carefully through the online universe. Many attorneys recommend putting social media on pause during the divorce process. Here are some ways your spouse may use your social media posts and communications to your disadvantage.
Your Social Media Posts Will Be Scrutinized.
There is a good chance your posts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and even LinkedIn will be scrutinized by your harshest critic (your ex-spouse). Try not to share anything that indicates bad behavior or contradicts something you have asserted in court. For example, you may not want to post lavish vacation photos if you claim to be unemployed. The best approach is to be truthful (online and in court), while pre-screening posts for content that could be viewed in a negative light. Even a spouse that has been “blocked” may figure out a way to view (and screenshot) your posts.
Even Your Private Messages May Be Admissible in Court.
A good rule of thumb is to avoid writing anything you would not want the judge to see. This includes private text messages and emails. In some cases, private electronic correspondence (texts, email, Facebook messages, etc.) can be subpoenaed and used against you in court. Social and electronic media is still finding its place in the rules of evidence, but attorneys are very skilled at finding a way to bring this information to light.
Your Online Dating Profile Makes You Look Bad.
If your divorce is not final, it is not recommended to use popular dating and meetup websites and apps like Match.com or Tinder. Even if you are already separated from your spouse, having an online dating presence can be used as evidence of infidelity. Marital misconduct like adultery can have financial consequences and even affect your child custody arrangements.
Need Legal Help? Call a High Point Divorce Lawyer.
If you are considering divorce, or have been served with divorce papers, it is important to consult with an attorney right away. The experienced family law attorneys at McAllister, Aldridge & Kreinbrink, PLLC can provide legal assistance with divorce, alimony, child custody and support, and other family law issues. Contact our office in High Point, North Carolina today to schedule your initial consultation.