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Should you take down your social media during divorce?

On Behalf of | May 27, 2021 | Family Law |

As someone who is going through a divorce, one of the things that will certainly help you is to avoid all social media. While you might enjoy catching up with friends or family online, it’s best not to give your estranged spouse any fuel to add to the fire of your divorce.

Social media is online and available to anyone who finds it. Even if you lock down your account, friends or colleagues who share information may have it accessed by your spouse or their attorney. Anything from photographs to statements you make online on sites like Facebook, Twitter or Instagram could come back to haunt you.

Social media and child custody don’t mix

Social media can become a particularly dangerous thorn in your side when it comes to child custody. If your spouse is looking for ways to get sole or primary custody, they may go through your account and copy any photos or data that make you look like bad parent or person. They may assert that you have a drinking problem, for example, and then gather evidence of all the nights out you spend with friends or coworkers.

If they want to show that you are dating or bringing other people home to meet your children despite them asking you not to, they might take a photograph of your child with someone you were friends with and asset that person was someone you were dating. It doesn’t take much to manipulate information to support a case, so it’s best not to provide them with any at all.

Social media could help your case

Social media can help your case in some instances. You have the same opportunity to gather information about your spouse by accessing their social media pages. You can also pull photos or comments that they’ve made or posted from their friends’ accounts or pages. You have just as much access as they do, in most cases, so you and your attorney can make the most of that during your negotiations.

For now, it’s a good idea to disable your social media accounts. Avoid using social media during your divorce, so there isn’t information being posted that could hurt your case.