Law Office of William B. Bennett, P.A., St. Petersburg, FL, Social Media During Divorce

Using Social Media During A Divorce Can Cause Problems For Your Case

If you are an active user of social media such as Facebook or TikTok, it may be a good idea to disable all your accounts or at least remain inactive while going through divorce proceedings. Using social media during divorce can have some potentially serious consequences for any settlement, especially if you are inclined to post negatively about your soon to be ex-partner. Social media posts about your spouse or situation might give you the satisfaction of feeling validated and all your friends will be there to support what you are going through. However, it is not worth it when all those posts can be used against you in a divorce.

We invite you to stay logged out of all your accounts while divorce proceedings are continuing. All the benefits of social media will still be around when your divorce is finalized.

Why Is Social Media During Divorce Dangerous?

You might think social media isn’t that big of a deal, but as unassuming as it may seem, these platforms have a very powerful influence. Here are some reasons social media is dangerous.

It Can Harm Your Custody Arrangement

If you are looking to maintain any kind of shared parenting arrangement for your children, it is recommended that you be extra careful when it comes to your online behavior. For example, if you are the type that makes a post when you are going out with friends, it may seem innocent enough, but can appear like you are more interested in having a social life than being a parent. This can be dangerous ammunition that your spouse can use against you during your child custody case.

Your Friends Might Expose Your Online Behavior

During a divorce, it is unfortunate, but it is also fairly common for your “friends” to pick sides. Some will be loyal to you and others to your partner. When making posts about your situation, it is inevitable that one will share your social media information with your spouse, which will ultimately benefit the other’s case. During a divorce, it is difficult to determine who is your friend and who is not. It is best to avoid social media altogether for this reason alone.

Your Social Media Posts Say A Lot About How You Spend Money

You may not realize it, but social media can display a lot about your lifestyle and habits. If you post while in restaurants, dressed up or post while on vacation, this content can suggest that you have a certain amount of disposable income or assets available that you may want to protect. It may not be accurate, but if you are arguing as to why you can’t make child support payments, this information can be used against you.

Perhaps you simply cannot live without social media or maybe you even use it for business purposes, make the content you post general in nature. Avoid posting about yourself personally. If you must use it, we suggest running the types of content you want to post by your divorce lawyer.

If You Are Thinking About Divorce, Schedule A Consultation With An Experienced Family Law Attorney Today

When considering divorce, a complimentary case review at The Law Office of William B. Bennett in St. Petersburg, Florida can go a long way to guide you on the correct path and learn how your assets can stay protected. Use of social media during a divorce should be avoided once you are thinking about moving forward with the process. Our family law team will provide the very best legal representation we can offer in order for you to get the best settlement available for your case. Call us at (727) 821-8000 today or contact us on our website here.

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