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Could your social media posts negatively affect your divorce?

On Behalf of | Dec 2, 2021 | Divorce |

Imagine this: You innocently post a video on social media of a party you had hosted in your home where things got a little bit out of hand only to find yourself having to explain it in court. That is the reality of divorce proceedings in this digital age where social media posts can be brought forth to prove a point.

While social media does not always depict reality, it may influence people’s perception of you. The judge may be swayed not to grant you custody based on such posts if they decide that the child’s best interests are at stake.

Be careful of what you post

Posts that may be considered bitter or vengeful might paint a bad picture of your personal traits. You may even appear a violent person which may not be any further from the truth. Based on these posts, your ex may claim that you are an uncooperative co-parent or abusive, which might adversely hurt your interests. 

In addition, some posts may give rise to financial disclosure complaints. For instance, if you claimed that you were not financially able to pay spousal support, but your social media posts suggest otherwise because you’re posting about concerts, trips and purchases, it could mean that you are not forthcoming with your finances.

It may be best to keep off social media for a while

Given the chances of being misinterpreted, you may want to watch how you use social media. Emotions are high, and you might make slight remarks that may be blown out of proportion. Anything you say can be misconstrued against you in one way or another, especially if you are not on good terms with your ex-spouse. 

Evidently, contested divorces can get messy. Any slip-ups could prove costly, which is why all your actions should be well-informed. It could save you a lot of headaches.