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Social Media and Your Divorce


Social media is something that many of us use every single day. That being said, most people who are considering or going through a divorce are active on social media. While it is very much possible to stay active on social media before, during, and after a divorce, there are certain things that you must keep in mind if you want to keep the divorce process as easy as possible.

3 Reasons to Stay Away From Social Media

In the digital age we currently live in, social media is now being used more than ever as evidence in court. Facebook posts badmouthing partners and misleading Instagram photos are often seen by judges, and they have a surprisingly strong impact on how the judge views your case.

No matter how safe you may feel your social media accounts are, you have to be aware that what you post online is available for nearly all to see, with enough digging. Regardless of your profile privacy settings, those who want to see your information, such as a private investigator, will be able to with enough effort.

To keep yourself safe and ensure the easiest resolution to your divorce, there are some things you need to keep in mind:

  • What you post may impact your custody rights: Child custody is typically the thing that most people going through a divorce want to get figured out ASAP. Many people, especially those going through a divorce, feel as if their children are the most important thing in their life. Which means they want to do everything they can to protect them and their rights to be with them. Posts of you acting irresponsibly, such as drinking alcohol, may be used as ammo for your spouse’s attorney to say you are not fit for custody.

  • Social media content shows what you’re spending money on: When going through a divorce, the thing that is typically most important to figure out is where the money will go, and how it is split. If you are posting photos of the new things you are treating yourself to, such as vacations, going to concerts, buying new clothes/bags/etc. Will be associated with you spending recklessly and can have a negative impact on your divorce’s financial situation.

  • Everything you say can be used against you: When you are dealing with the emotions relating to a divorce, it is important to keep said feelings off of social media. Posting the way you feel while in the heat of the moment will only hurt your divorce. It will paint you in a negative light for the judge, and others to see—labeling you as angry or unstable. Be sure to only post things that you would be ok with the judge directly seeing while going through your divorce.

  • Photo evidence is very influential: The old saying “a picture says a thousand words,” is something that rings especially true during the divorce process. The things that get posted on social media have the ability to track the location, time, and people you are with. This is all information that can be used against you.

How Bush & Taylor Can Help

While you may be able to keep off social media during your divorce, in this digital era we are in, it is very hard to completely sustain from it. Working with a qualified family law attorney, like those at Bush & Taylor will help ensure you play it safe to make the divorce process as simple as possible.

Our team of experienced attorneys will guide you through the process entirely, answering any questions you have along the way. We have many years of experience helping our clients get the best possible outcome from their divorce while keeping their best interest at the forefront of our mind.

For more information and to schedule a consultation, call Bush & Taylor today (757) 926-0078. Let us be there for you every step of the way.