Can my social media activity affect my divorce?

On Behalf of | Apr 27, 2019 | Divorce |

Living in the digital age means having the option of sharing details about your life in Michigan online through social media. Though Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and other popular social media outlets make it convenient for you to keep in touch and network with friends and family in different parts of the state and country, it has also changed the way many people interact with each other.

Legally, you do not have to shy away from social media while going through a divorce. However, if you want to make the separation process less painful, you may want to take a break from it or modify your online activity until the ink is dry on your divorce decree. Here are two reasons why:

Privacy settings do not matter

Even with your profile set to private, anything you post and share online has the potential to become evidence in court. Your social media accounts are your own. You have the freedom to post pics, like and make comments about anything you like if it does not violate the terms and conditions of the sites. Your ex-spouse can, however, request for the courts to review your online activity as evidence. You risk the things you post getting back to your soon-to-be ex-spouse and becoming misinterpreted, which can add fuel to the fire.

Your activity could damage your character in court

Social media does not always paint an accurate picture of a person’s character. Yet, it is something the courts use in some divorce proceedings to help settle child custody disputes and discredit alimony requests. There is nothing wrong with posting photos of yourself partying, having a good time with friends and moving on past your current legal situation, but if you are fighting for custody and visitation rights or your spouse is accusing you of being an unfit parent, your actions could impinge your character and damage your credibility, which can have a negative impact on your settlement.

Social media does not just have a negative impact on divorce cases. Circumstances exist in which online activity is beneficial and turns up supporting evidence for claims of hidden assets and abuse and helps to prevent one party from taking advantage of the other. Regardless of which side of the fence you are on while dealing with your separation, be mindful of what you say and do online, and consider taking a break from social media to protect your interests.

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