One thing that couples divorcing only a decade ago didn’t have to take into consideration was their social media habits. Today, with the vast majority of Americans living their lives out loud online, social media can be a virtual minefield when it comes to divorce.
Don’t supply evidence against you.
Once your divorce is initiated, it’s possible that your spouse and his or her attorney may seek out your social media pages for potential evidence in your case. This is why you need to be very careful about what you post. When posting, remember your ultimate intentions for your case. You should also ask your family and friends not to post any photos, videos, or comments that could potentially negatively impact your case.
Warn your friends.
One way divorcing couples misuse social media is to turn to friends online for emotional support. Since many married couples share friends, whatever you post could be shared with your spouse — either by a mutual friend simply “liking” your post or by that friend revealing the information directly to your spouse. And tell your friends not to tag you in any of their photos or videos, or make comments on your posts that could be detrimental to your case.
Privacy settings don’t always protect you.
Your privacy settings may not provide total protection from prying eyes. Other friends could share your posts where anyone may see them. Your spouse’s attorney may petition the court to issue an order directing you to provide access to your social media accounts, and all your posts will be exposed for everyone involved in your case to see. You should not post anything on social media that shows you exhibiting poor judgment or negative behavior toward your spouse.
Social media is a public forum, and you should avoid talking about your legal case online. Your legal team at Koenig|Dunne is here to answer your questions about protecting yourself and your family, and to advocate for your rights.