Divorce is a complex situation, but when you add the pressures of social media, it can make it a living nightmare. With more people using social media platforms than ever, it makes sense court rooms are incorporating public profiles into custody hearings and divorce settlements.
Your social media profile might already have huge impacts on your divorce proceedings, so it’s important to understand how social media can be used in the courtroom and what mistakes to avoid online.
Legality of social media profiles in court
Information obtained from social media accounts is usually going to be admissible in court and used in a ruling from a family judge. It may not be a big deal if you don’t post frequently on your account or don’t have profile. However, men and women how post frequently on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn may share details they do not want the court to know.
There are many different ways information could be used. An example is if a father jokingly posted a picture of his underage son drinking beer. The mother could share that photo in court and argue he is an unfit parent.
Another common example is when someone critiques their former spouse’s parenting online. It might be just a moment of venting, but the former spouse might argue you are trying to alienate your child from them. These examples show how social media made your divorce case so much worst.
Mistakes to avoid online
Luckily, these examples are preventable during your divorce proceeding. All you have to do is avoid the following mistakes when you are posting online:
- Defame your former spouse online
- Reveal too much information about your finances – do not post a picture of your brand new Farai
- Making irresponsible posts
- Letting your friends tag you in posts – if you are frequently tagged in posts about drinking or heading to the bar, it might hurt your child custody case
- Sharing too much information in general – any information you provide could lead to legal consequences
Divorce is difficult, and you shouldn’t make it more difficult on yourself. Be aware of what you are posting online and how someone else, especially a judge, could perceive it differently.