Social media has quickly become a regular part of the lives of most people in the United States. At least 70% of all people use some type of social media and each year the utilization of social media increases. Though most adults have grown accustomed to sharing their thoughts, feelings, and actions with an interested audience, that habit can cause problems if you are going through a divorce. During a divorce, especially one that is contentious, your spouse, their family members, and even their attorneys are all primarily concerned about their own best interest. Innocuous social media comments could harm your case, so it is important to remember that social media and divorce do not mix.
Forces Family and Friends to Take Sides
At the beginning a divorce, especially one involving children, family members on both sides usually work hard to avoid becoming too involved. However, as information is shared on social media, even the most neutral family member can often not avoid being dragged into the dispute. Arguments that occur on social media, along with private divorce information being shared, often lead to family members and friends slowly taking sides. Once family and friends are pushed into supporting one spouse or the other, a divorce can become more stressful and the situation more volatile for all involved.
Information Shared May Be Used Against You
The information that you voluntarily share on social media may possibly be used against you. Posting pictures of shopping could lead to questions about your use of money acquired during the marriage. Finances may also be questioned because of social media posted if a person has claimed to have a low income or financial troubles but is posting pictures of expensive vacations, shopping trips, or gourmet meals. Sharing details of dates or experiences on dating sites may also affect a divorce if the opposing side tries to use the pre-divorce dating as proof of cheating.
Places Children in Uncomfortable Positions
Children in particular may find themselves in an uncomfortable position when one or both parents are questioning them about the other’s social media activity. After being blocked on social media by a spouse one parent may ask his or her child for access to his or her account in order to check the spouse’s social media activity. If a parent is posting about going out with friends, the other parent may attempt to build an argument that the child is not being properly cared for. The other parent or an attorney questioning the children to find out the information they have discovered through social media can place children in a difficult position.
When to Talk to an Attorney
If you are going through a divorce and are concerned about your social media postings being used against you, it is best to talk to an attorney as soon as possible. A qualified divorce attorney who has defended clients against all types of accusations is the best person to consult. The attorneys at Vayman & Teitelbaum have assisted clients going through difficult and complex divorce. Contact our offices at 678-736-7700 to schedule a consultation to discuss your unique situation.