Protecting What You Value Most
How can social media activity impact my divorce?
by Travers & Travers | Aug 12, 2019 |
You use social media to keep up with people you know and update them on your life. Sometimes it’s easy to post without fully thinking through what you’re doing.
Unfortunately, not everyone may be your ally online. Social media can be used as evidence in your divorce. When getting a divorce, being careful on social media is a must.
The following outlines what not to do on social media. It could impact your assets, your standing in court, and child custody.
While it may seem unlikely to discover your spouse is hiding assets, social media is a good place to start. Sometimes people like to flaunt their wealth or expensive lifestyles on social media.
Your spouse may try to avoid expensive child support or alimony payments by saying they aren’t doing well financially. However, a friend of yours who is still friends with your spouse might see photographic proof they’ve made extravagant purchases recently. Your spouse may claim to be unemployed, but they post about their job on social media in addition to fancy getaways with their new girlfriend.
These kinds of situations could be used in court and would damage the “hurting for money” image your spouse attempted to present.
Saying one thing and posting another
It’s possible that anything you post on social media could be accessed by your judge.
It’s important to remember social media can be used as evidence. Once you’re in the process of a divorce, making your social media accounts private and deleting friends of your spouse could be a logical next step.
Posting irresponsible activity
Irresponsible behavior documented on social media could hurt your case, especially your chances of getting child custody. If your spouse was supposed to be watching your kids but they posted photos of them out drinking, the judge may find them to be an unfit parent. If your spouse is unemployed but posted statuses about his video gaming when he could be looking for a job, your judge is likely to not be very generous to them regarding child support and alimony.
Social media provides an intriguing space to share and discover content from friends and others online. In the context of divorce, being careful with your social media is necessary in the interest of getting time with your kids and potentially receiving alimony.