Divorce can turn out messier than you anticipated. Even if you and your spouse agree that it is in everyone’s best interest, things happen during the course of the proceedings that can make the process more difficult.
Advertising your marital status, or lack thereof, on social media can have an impact on the outcome of your divorce. While it is tempting to share so much of yourself, you need to keep in mind that doing so may come with consequences. These three reasons to stay away from social media during divorce show you why what you post can turn against you.
1. Your words become evidence in the proceedings
When you go online to your Facebook or Instagram account, you may believe your account settings protect your privacy. While some aspects of your account do remain private, others do not. People you have friendships with online may wind up reporting back to your former spouse on the things you say and do.
2. Your activities may affect custody
You may burn off steam on weekends when you do not have the kids. Posting pictures and giving updates on your whereabouts can land you in a jam. If your activities turn out a little too wild (binge drinking, drug activity, etc.) the court can rule against you in custody proceedings.
3. You do not need to display your spending habits
When you separate, you probably have an expectation that the money you make from here on out is yours and yours alone. You may choose to buy new furniture, take trips out of town or spend money on someone you admire. Doing these things can come back to hurt you when it comes to splitting money. If a court finds you spent more than your fair share during the separation, it could result in more assets going to your ex.
Social media is a great way to remain connected to friends and family. During divorce, however, it is a good idea to remain absent from it. You do not want to make a mistake you will regret down the road.