The world is connected more than ever before through the use of social media. There are few people in the United States that have avoided social media altogether. Most people find themselves with more than one social media account where they share personal details of their life. While sharing on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram may not seem like a big deal for most people, those who are in the process of a divorce should think twice before they post.
A divorce can be in emotionally challenging time. Social media allows people to blow off steam and lets people get back into the dating world. However, people should understand that posts to social media can and will be used against them in a family law court. This means that if someone is in the process of a custody battle, for example, a post about their late-night activities can be printed off and shown to a judge.
This can be problematic for multiple reasons. Therefore, people need to take a moment and think about what they're posting to social media before they post it. California residents who use social media should ensure that their privacy settings are high. People also need to make sure they follow any rules set out in the divorce about the use of social media -- especially when it comes to children.
They should also avoid certain behaviors online. People should avoid speaking ill of the litigation. Additionally, people should avoid talking about the judge online. California residents should also avoid speaking ill of their spouse or ex-spouse on social media.
When in doubt, people should avoid posting on social media altogether. Avoiding these posts can help people avoid additional emotional turmoil in their divorce process.
Source: The Huffington Post, "Social Media and Divorce: Why You Should Put the Keyboard Down and Log Out," Ashley Tate Cooper, Dec. 7, 2015