If you’re like most people, you have at least a Facebook account.
But the chances are high that you also have an Instagram account. You
may even have a Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Snapchat account
It’s no secret, social media is now deeply woven into the fabric
of our lives. We use Facebook to connect with friends and family. We use
LinkedIn to build our business network and find new income opportunities.
We use Instagram to share pictures and follow our favorite athletes, fitness
models, and celebrities. The list goes on and on.
If you’re like most people and you scroll and post on your
social media accounts daily, a
divorce can throw a wrench in things. And, if you don’t think social media
can have an impact on your divorce, we beg to differ. Unfortunately, what
you do on social media can hurt your divorce and vice versa, so should
you conduct a social media fast during the divorce process?
Should You Stay Off Social Media?
Here’s the deal: Even though divorce is technically about dividing
marital assets, it’s also a volatile and highly-emotional process
for a lot of people. If you aren’t careful on social media, you
can infuriate your spouse, and that is the last thing you want to have
happened while you’re trying to reach a fair divorce settlement.
Where people tend to make mistakes is in three departments: 1) posting
pictures of them spending money, 2) posting pictures of them partying,
and 3) posting pictures with romantic partners – all of these can
cause an amicable divorce to quickly turn into a litigated divorce. Or
at least, they can impact spousal support and child custody.
What NOT to post on social media during divorce:
- Anything discussing the divorce
- Anything that paints your spouse in a bad light
- Pictures of you spending money
- Pictures of you drinking alcohol
- Pictures of you in revealing clothing
- Pictures of you partying
- Pictures of you on dates or with romantic partners
Should you stay off social media during your divorce? In many divorce attorneys’
opinion, it is wise to stay off social media until one’s divorce
is over, or at least people should avoid posting anything or commenting
on anything that could be linked to their divorce case. It is safe to
scroll through your news feed but not comment, but ideally, you would
stay off social media altogether until your divorce is final.
If that is too challenging, our advice is to always ask yourself before
you comment or post, “Would I mind if my spouse, their attorney,
or the judge saw this post?” If you are confident the post could
not be used against you, go ahead and post. But if you want to err on
the side of caution take our advice, stay off social media until the divorce