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5 Tips for Using Social Media Correctly During Divorce

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divorce proceedings, Wheaton divorce lawyers, social media and divorce, communication and divorce, divorce processIn the twenty-first century, we are more connected than ever. Most people carry smartphones with them everywhere they go, giving them instant access to any information they want to look up and making it incredibly easy to connect with friends. But while this level of access provides many benefits, it also has its drawbacks.

Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat are a major part of many people’s lives, allowing them to share their thoughts and experiences with others. Unfortunately, when you are going through a divorce, the information you share may end up being used against you.

Consider the following tips for how to make sure your social media activity does not have a negative impact on your divorce proceedings:

  1. Be careful about what you share - Anything you post online could potentially be used against you in court. Therefore, be aware of how your photos or messages may come across to a judge. If you like to post photos of alcoholic drinks, this could be seen as a sign of substance abuse, impacting decisions about child custody. Photos of a recent expensive vacation or discussion of a recent large purchase could affect how a court decides on matters such as property division or spousal support.

  2. Do not disparage your ex - It can be tempting to vent about your feelings on social media, but complaints about your spouse and discussions of your relationship and the reasons for the failure of your marriage could be taken out of context, and in some cases, they could be seen as abusive or harassing.

  3. Know who your friends are - It is likely that you and your spouse have some friends in common, which means that information shared with online friends could make its way back to your ex. Even if you think you are speaking privately, avoid saying anything you would not want your ex to know about.

  4. Do not try to spy on your ex - If you believe your spouse was to blame for the end of your marriage, you may be tempted to try to find some incriminating information to use against them during your divorce. However, attempting to access your spouse’s email or social media accounts without his or her permission is illegal, and any information gained in this manner is inadmissible as evidence during a divorce trial.

  5. Be careful about what you like - Even if you are careful about what messages and pictures you post on social media during your divorce, you could get in trouble simply for clicking the “like” button on certain posts or comments, such as a negative statement about your ex shared by a mutual friend.

Contact a DuPage County Divorce Attorney

Using social media the right way during divorce can help the process proceed more smoothly and lay a good foundation for maintaining a positive relationship with your spouse, which is beneficial if you have children in common. If you need help resolving issues during your divorce, the attorneys of Anderson & Associates, P.C. can provide you with the legal help you need. Contact our Wheaton divorce lawyers at 630-653-9400 to schedule a free consultation.

Sources:

http://www.divorcemag.com/blog/social-media-and-divorce-protect-your-online-pressence

https://www.prevention.com/sex/social-media-mistakes-during-divorce

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-morrow/a-look-at-how-social-medi_b_10633940.html

http://www.kctv5.com/story/35870713/social-media-posts-have-serious-consequences-for-divorcing-couples

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