The Dangers of Using Social Media During Divorce

Many of us like to post on social media. Whether it be funny things that we see, photos of our children and vacations, or even how we are feeling on a particular day, it seems these days everything gets made public. When it comes to divorce, however, you need to be extra careful about what you post on social media sites. Posting certain things to these outlets can end up costing you more than you could ever imagine.

Take the following situation, for example: A man posted on a popular dating site that he had no children and was single. In actuality, he was married with two children. When his wife filed for divorce, this was used as evidence against him and he ended up having limited visitation with his children. While your attorney may have already given you advice on what you should and should not post on social media, here are a few general guidelines:

Do Not Use Social Media as a Place to Fight With Your Ex

Your children should never have to see their parents fighting in public, especially on social media where everyone else can see it, too. When an older child has access to his or her parents’ social media accounts, seeing nasty remarks between the two of them is not good for the child. Instead, let your lawyer deal with any issues. Consider how your child would feel if he or she saw what you were posting online.

If you do use social media, have a friend keep an eye on what your ex says online about you. Take a screenshot of any disparaging comments your ex makes, especially if he or she is being vengeful or trying to punish you. If you need to vent, call a friend; do not vent online.

What Would Your Boss Say About Your Social Media?

Many employers keep an eye on the social media pages of their employees, particularly if the person was recently hired or the employer has received a tip that the employee is posting inappropriate things. Prospective employers often visit a potential hire’s social media sites, too. Just imagine posting something inappropriate about your boss or your place of employment only to have your boss see it. This could not only create an awkward situation, but could potentially get you fired too. Getting fired during your divorce proceedings is one of the last things you need.

Stay Off Your Ex’s Social Media Pages

Do you really want to see a photo of your ex with his new girlfriend? Maybe you have a family member who has taken your ex’s side. Do you want to read the loving comments your aunt has posted about him or her? Probably not. It is also not therapeutic to continue keeping track of what your ex is up to by watching what he or she posts on social media. If anything happens that you need to know about, someone will tell you.

Contact an Experienced Family Law Attorney Today

If you have questions about what you should and should not post on social media, the attorneys at Lankford & Moore Law can help. During a consultation with us, we will advise you of ways to protect your rights during your divorce and help you get the best possible outcome for your situation. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

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