Social Media During Divorce
How Social Media Might Impact Your Colorado Divorce
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 against you.
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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.
During your divorce, you are going to discuss the 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.
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.
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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.
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 Colorado 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. Our law firm has offices in Longmont, Loveland, and Broomfield, CO.