Social media has now taken over most of our lives. It’s where we get all of our updates on our family, friends, and even the latest news about what is going on in the world. Social media has been instrumental in bringing the world closer together, but this is not without its downsides, especially if you are going through a divorce. It’s very easy to make mistakes on social media that could affect your rights in a divorce proceeding.
Below are a few behaviors you’ll want to avoid.
Sharing Incriminating Posts
The need for self-censorship during a divorce is very high. Before posting anything, ask yourself if it could potentially hurt your case.For example, photos depicting an excessive social life can be presented as evidence of a neglect of family responsibilities. It could be argued that while said person was supposed to be catering to their family, they were busy partying. Images of excessive alcohol drinking and drug use weaken one’s case regarding child custody and alimony. If you already have social media posts online that could be used against you, be sure to take them down before the other side can get ahold of them.
Disparaging Your Spouse
If you’re going through a divorce, you’re probably not very happy with your soon-to-be ex-spouse. You may even feel that they have wronged you in some way. However, you must resist the urge to play the victim by making the other party look bad. Although you may think to do so could help your case, it can very easily backfire by making you appear conniving and untrustworthy. Any negative information you have about your spouse should be presented through the right channels in court, and not on the social media. When all is said and done, having the case in your favor, supersedes the validation you’ll get from mostly strangers online.
Checking In at Inappropriate Places
Although this is not quite as obvious, checking in at various locations can also hurt your case. For example, if you claim that you can’t exercise additional parenting tie when it has been offered to you by your ex, and then you check in at a social hot-spot, your ex can use this as evidence that you find socializing more important than parenting—even if you had made the plans at issue previously. You should also avoid checking in at bars and clubs since this could be used as evidence of a substance abuse problem.
Bemoaning the Proceedings Themselves
If you’re going through a nasty divorce, your natural instinct may be to vent about it on social media—whether that be about the judge, your lawyer, your ex, or just a general sense of unhappiness with your case. Resist this urge. These kinds of posts can be used as evidence that you aren’t taking the court proceedings seriously and the judge likely will not look kindly on posts that are disparaging of the legal process.
Contact an Atlanta Divorce Attorney
If you are going through a divorce, you need an advocate in your corner to represent your interests. To schedule a free consultation and case evaluation with a divorce attorney, call Mitnick & Associates today at 770-408-7000 or send us an email through our online contact form. We serve the entire Atlanta metro area, including Alpharetta, Roswell, Cumming, Johns Creek, and Milton.