How social media posts could be used against you in a divorce

On Behalf of | Aug 26, 2022 | Divorce |

A divorce is an emotionally challenging process that will affect virtually every area of your life. This includes your social media presence as you may need to adjust how you use these platforms in the time preceding the finalization of your divorce. It is possible that your social media posts could impact your divorce by exacerbating difficult feelings and making it more likely that you will face complex legal disputes.

It is no surprise that social media can negatively impact a divorce as there is evidence to suggest these platforms can also have a negative effect on marriages as well. If you are facing a divorce, it may benefit you to learn more about how you can avoid additional problems during this already complex process. Social media is not a useful tool when one is navigating a process that will determine the direction of the rest of his or her life.

What is the intention of the post?

A Missouri spouse going through a divorce may feel angry, betrayed or afraid of what this will mean for his or her future. This may lead to an impulse to post things and share feelings that should probably remain private. Anything posted on the internet could be used by one spouse against the other during divorce proceedings. Negative content that could harm someone else, posts that relay too much private information or giving too many details to others about your divorce could result in complications with your divorce proceedings.

Social media is also a source of information that a spouse may use against another. When polled, 81% of divorce attorneys say that they have had clients search social media for evidence of infidelity and other types of behaviors that could be a factor in a divorce. Most agree that it may be best to avoid using social media altogether during a separation or in the midst of divorce proceedings.

Your long-term interests

During your divorce, your primary goal and focus should be securing terms that allow you to have stability and security long-term. This perspective will help you avoid using social media in a way that could negatively impact the outcome of your divorce. If you would like to learn more about how you can protect your interests and seek the best possible outcome, it may be helpful to seek counsel regarding the legal options available to you.