There was once a time when domestic dealings happened very much in the personal space, with few people wanting to share their grievances with the public. That’s not the case today. Oversharing on social media is very much the norm now. However, with the freedom to express ourselves online on so many platforms, comes the responsibility to be aware of the consequences of what we share, especially when legal dealings are underway. According to a study conducted in the US, 81% of family law lawyers have found evidence to support divorce cases through social media. 66% of that information is found on Facebook.
It’s an unfortunate consequence of our open social media mentality, that many people don’t stop to think about the negative ways in which shared content can be used. They act without thought and consideration, dismissing the social media as a necessary but trivial part of their lives. For many, that is true, but not for those going through a divorce. The things that seem trivial can harm your divorce case immensely. Things like posting pictures of people you are with, checking into restaurants or posting comments about your ex can be taken as evidence against you.
Under such circumstances, it is only fair that you keep certain guidelines in mind when it comes to social media conduct when a divorce is in progress.
- Don’t air your dirty laundry online – mentioning the divorce or your issues with your marriage on social media will only hurt your case.
- Untruthful statements made online can result in libel action against you
- Don’t post any negative comments about your ex
- Even general posts can harm your case. Don’t post pictures of social events and gatherings on Facebook and Instagram during the proceedings.
- Don’t check-in to any place, not even work. It could be used against you. And disable the function that allows other people to check you in as well.
- Limit what posts are being seen by your ex and their mutual friends through privacy settings.
- Disable the tag function for pictures.
- Avoid disclosing your relationship status at any time.
- Make sure that any status change you make regarding your relationship is private.
- When in doubt, deactivate your social media accounts and reactivate them once the divorce is over.