A common concern that many divorce attorneys must deal with during the process of divorce counseling is their clients’ use of social media.
Like almost everyone else today, you may have one or more online social media accounts that you use& to share snippets of your life with friends and family.
Did you know that using social media could be detrimental to your case if you’re also in the process of getting a divorce?
Divorce lawyers find that social media posting can make your case more complicated due to the exposure of personal details that are better left private.
Due to the effect it can have on proceedings, most divorce attorneys warn that anyone seeking a divorce should tread very lightly when it comes to using social media.
Privacy is Essential During Divorce Proceedings
Getting a divorce is a private affair that until finalized should remain private between two spouses and their divorce attorneys.
What happens with regard to the discussions and proceedings goes on behind closed doors for a reason.
Divorce lawyers advise their clients that in order to keep negotiations moving forward, they should communicate only with each other with as little emotional stress as possible.
Not only do most couples not want to spread their dirty laundry all around for the world to see, but doing so could affect both people personally in unexpected ways.
For these and many other reasons, it is always best to keep what happens in the lawyer’s office private and away from those who have nothing to do with the situation.
Social Media is a Public Forum
In complete contrast to private discussion in the offices of divorce attorneys, social media is a public forum designed for all to see.
Even though you can filter your postings so they are viewable only to specific people, the whole point of social media is to communicate with others.
Any information revealed about your personal life, even to close friends and family, is at risk of being spread by those people.
Divorce lawyers agree that the last thing anyone needs is for private details about their divorce leaked to unintended audiences.
Posting Can Escalate Small Vents into Big Problems
The real problem with posting to social media during stressful times like a divorce is that any information posted can be used against you when divorcing.
Something as simple as a vent to let out some emotions or a posted photograph can easily escalate into big problems if your spouse and his or her legal team uncover this information.
There are all kinds of information that can be used against you in court by your spouse when trying to provide justification for more money, a greater share of the marital wealth, child custody, and other important decisions.
Too many divorce attorneys have seen what could have been simpler proceedings turn into complex cases after the discovery of incriminating information on a spouse’s social media account. The negative effects can be significant.
Be Careful with Social Media During a Divorce
If you intend to use social media while you are going through a divorce, it is essential to do so with care. The best rule of thumb is to keep your accounts screened to only those closest to you and refrain from posting about anything that could affect your case.
Keep posts benign and social rather than emotional and personal. Tell your divorce attorney about your social pages as well as how you use them. If your lawyer suggests staying off social media completely, it is best thing for you to comply.
Closing Thoughts on Social Media and Divorce
Social media can be a fun way to keep in contact with friends and family.
On the other hand, many divorce attorneys have experienced that it can also be a key factor in making a divorce more complex.
Heed the warnings of divorce lawyers and exercise caution when using social media during divorce proceedings so yours can progress without any unnecessary complications!
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