You’re less likely to find someone today who
doesn’t use a myriad of social media apps on a daily basis than you are to find
someone who does. We’re only sailing further into the digital age
of instant information, and sharing each moment of your life with friends,
family, and strangers half a world away is growing easier by the moment.
But for all the benefits social apps might provide your social life, they
can become unexpectedly hazardous if you are going through a divorce.
As a Pearland divorce attorney who has dedicated his career to all things
concerned with family law, you can trust me when I say that you should
take a hiatus from social media for as long as your divorce is in progress.
Stop all tweeting, wall-posting, and snap-chatting. For as much fun as
it might be to tell your friends about your day through various social
media apps, there are some underlying risks you probably haven’t
Here are the top three reasons why you should cease social media usage
during your divorce:
Sensitivity: Did you post a picture of you and your friends all laughing and smiling
at the park? Did you forget that it was the park in which you and your
spouse got engaged, and now they think you’re mocking them? Misinterpretations
of totally innocent posts and images happen
all the time during a divorce, and it is never a good misunderstanding. Instead,
the result is usually taking an
uncontested divorce and flipping it into a heated
contested divorce. The best way to keep the flames down is to do nothing that could add
fuel to the fire.
Promiscuity: There have been plenty of cases where a divorce was all but finalized and
everything was going to be
split 50-50 and when, suddenly, a picture appears on Facebook showing one spouse with
an unknown paramour. In such a situation, toss out those agreements and
get ready to start over. Even if the image was depicting harmless, nonromantic
fun, the scorned spouse could try to argue to the divorce court that it
means something more.
Extravagance: If one spouse is seeking
child support payments from the other but are running into a wall of “I can’t
afford to give that much”, they might take to social media to see
if there is more than meets the eye to their finances. Pictures of new
purchases and videos of recent vacations can be used as a catalyst to
demand to look deeper into their financial records and request even more
Speaking of which, don’t try to delete your past posts or sweep anything
under the proverbial rug. During a divorce, discovery methods can be used
to see everything pertinent to the situation, and if you take steps to
try to hide that information, you could be in legal trouble. Furthermore,
there’s no point to do so. Posts labeled as private or “confidential”
simply are not, and if the court
really wants to access them, they’ll get an order.
Once again, the best advice I can give you as a Pearland divorce attorney
is to just walk away from social media usage until your divorce is finished.
Who knows? You might even take up some new hobbies you never knew you
liked. And that is somewhat the essence of divorce: moving away from something
you thought was the best thing for you at the time only to discover that
better chapters of your life are still before you.
If you would like the help of my law firm with your divorce, you can call
schedule a consultation.