In today’s digital age, social media has become an integral part of most people’s lives. It connects you to friends, family and acquaintances, and allows you to share your life with others.
However, social media can have a negative impact when it comes to the divorce process. Here are a few points to keep in mind to help your divorce go smoothly.
Evidence in the digital world
During a divorce, both parties may seek evidence to support their claims, whether it is about property division, child custody or alimony. In this case, social media can contain lots of information that may affect decisions. Remember that posts, photos and messages can serve as valuable evidence in court.
Public vs. private
It is important to remember that nothing on social media is truly private. Even if you have restricted the audience on your profiles, others can still share your information against your knowledge. Be cautious about what you post, as some posts can present you in a negative light in court.
Impact on child custody
Tensions often flare during child custody battles, and social media can make an already tense situation a lot worse. Posts that depict a parent unfavorably, such as excessive partying or risky behavior, may influence a court’s decision regarding custody arrangements.
Divorce typically involves dividing assets and establishing financial support. In the event a spouse is not completely honest about their finances, social media can reveal the truth. For instance, if a spouse claims they cannot keep up with a certain level of support, but post about a lavish recent purchase, it could impact financial decisions.
According to the Pew Research Center, 72% of Americans used some form of social media in 2021. Despite the benefits and enjoyment it offers, those navigating a divorce must proceed with caution when it comes to social media usage.