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Why you should not post about an ongoing divorce on social media

On Behalf of | Aug 8, 2022 | Family Law |

Divorce can quickly become a matter of competing over rights and assets, especially if you are splitting up on bad terms. Your spouse is liable to use whatever they can against you, and that includes social media posts.

You might view social media as a place to vent about the stress of going through a high-asset divorce. Before you put your feelings out into the world, it is important to understand how social media can affect your divorce and what you should avoid posting about.

The effect of social media on divorce proceedings

Anything on your social media page that might paint you in a negative light is publicly accessible to your spouse as evidence of your character. This can affect the court’s perception of you when determining matters such as child custody or asset division. Even posting about a new, separate relationship can be grounds for accusations of wrongful spending of marital assets.

What not to post on social media

First and foremost, refrain from saying anything negative about your soon-to-be ex-spouse on social media. Even if you feel that you are in the right, you never know how the opposing legal team might use your words against you. Insulting your spouse can, for example, give the court reason to believe that you cannot maintain an amicable co-parenting relationship.

Social media is an integral part of everyday life. It can be difficult to distance yourself from the habit of expressing your feelings and reaching out for support from those in your network. However, social media is accessible to everyone and can be a tool against you even if you believe that your spouse will not see your posts.