Social Media During Divorce
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In today’s digital age, your active posting on social media platforms
can allow people to know what you’re doing at all times. While this
might be fun and convenient, it can also be disastrous for your pending
divorce case. Share the wrong information at the wrong time and it could be used
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Social Media Apps You May Want to Avoid
During your divorce, you are going to discuss division of
property and debts,
child custody, now known as parenting rights and responsibilities, and financial support
such as child support and maintenance. Even in a calm or uncontested divorce,
there may be a sense of “you-against-them” present. Social
media can be destructive to your case, impacting rights to parenting time
or decision making for your children, or reducing how much support you
obtain, depending on what you are sharing with the world.
If you are divorcing, you should probably steer clear of these popular
social media apps:
Facebook: The number one social media site in the world, Facebook is a prime source
to search for skeletons in your closet. Do not post anything negative
about your spouse or your divorce process. Think about how each post would
appear to a judge.
Twitter: Many people use Twitter to vent frustrations in short bursts. This can
be therapeutic, but in a divorce you might slip up and say something you
should not, or appear like an angry individual. Tweets don’t carry
tone or context and your words may be interpreted differently than you intended.
Instagram: A picture can say a thousand words, and not all of them may be in your
favor. Postpone any Instagram posts you want to share, no matter the content,
until your divorce finalizes. The same general rule applies to Snapchat
and other photo sharing apps.
You should also be aware of automatic “sign ins” when you visit
particular locations, such as Facebook posting for you that you have arrived
at a bar or restaurant. Basically, you need to be 100% in control of what
gets posted. Be smart, be polite, and mostly limit your social media usage.
Your Private Posts are Not Private at All
When you post something to social media, if anyone else at all can see
it, the information within the post is not considered private. Even if
you set your account to private, so long as a second set of eyes can see
it, the information is technically public. If your spouse suspects you
might have information worth reviewing in your social media posts, he
or she can use discovery tools to gain access to these posts. In short,
your posts are never completely private, so best not to make any that
could be twisted to your disadvantage.
Trusted & Compassionate Legal Guides for Your Divorce
Social media and divorce generally do not mix. If you are concerned about
what your posts are saying about you in the eyes of the court, let our
Longmont and Loveland divorce lawyers know. With our counsel and guidance,
we will help you through the system to an outcome which considers and
protects your best interests.
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