Posting on social media has become a daily or even hourly activity for a lot of people. While some users are conservative, others will share their personal lives with the masses, updating them on what they are doing, seeing, hearing, and so on. As you may know, social media can affect all aspects of your life. When you are going through a divorce, what you post o social media can affect the outcome of the case. It is important that you keep some things personal and refrain from giving your ex-spouse ammunition to use against you in divorce court.
How Can Social Media Negatively Affect your Divorce?
Social media can affect your divorce in a variety of ways, including:
- Uncovering Hidden Assets – While you ex-spouse may think they are slick hiding assets from you, they may not be slick enough to keep their single life off of social media. For example, if your ex-spouse is claiming that they cannot afford alimony payments, but is posting pictures on Facebook of their vacation at a 5-star resort or the brand new luxury car they just bought, the pictures can be used as evidence to show that they have more money than they are leading on.
- Dating Life – Dating can be tricky after a divorce. While one party might be making an effort to make the marriage work, the other might be out and about, going on dates with other people. If you decide to start dating during the separation process, it can create a bad optic. Your ex-spouse may be able to use pictures of your dating profile or from your social media accounts to put the fault on you. If your divorce becomes an “at-fault” divorce, it can have a significant outcome on the ruling of the divorce or the financial obligations of the divorce.
- New Job/Higher Income – When someone receives a new job or promotion, it is often celebrated by a post on Facebook or LinkedIn. Even if you do not log on to post a celebratory status, you may add the new job/position to your LinkedIn resume. A new job or a promotion may mean an increase in income, which can affect the amount of spousal support or child support you are ordered to pay. Additionally, if your new position requires regular traveling, it may have an impact on child custody rulings.
- Negative Comments – Sometimes, when someone grows angry with someone or something, they take to social media to air out their feelings. If you are going through a divorce, posting your feelings on social media or airing out your exes dirty laundry can have a negative impact on rulings like child custody. If you are creating a hostile environment, a judge may rule against you in a custody hearing. The reasoning behind this ruling is that judges try to place children in an environment where the children will have the best quality of life and avoid any hostility against the other spouse.
If you are going through a divorce, it is a wise decision to take a break from social media. If you are hiding something from your ex, make sure your mutual friends do not post it on social media either, as you may have blocked your ex-spouse but forgot about your mutual friends.