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Don't Advertise Your Life on Social Media During a Divorce

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 considered yet.

Here are the top three reasons why you should cease social media usage during your divorce:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Extravagance: If one spouse is seeking alimony or 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 each month.

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 281.410.5780 to schedule a consultation.

Categories: Divorce, Social Media, Alimony
  • Board-Certified Family Lawyer

    As a specialist, Dennis M. Slate is ready to advocate on your behalf!

    Learn More
  • Peaceful Divorce Resoultions

    Find out if you would benefit from an uncontested divorce.

    Get the Facts
  • Secure the Division of Your Property

    We have experience with complex property divisions.

    Secure Your Assets
  • Need Help? Reach Out to Our Firm Now.

    We are here to help. Tell us about your case today!

    Contact Us

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