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Will my social media account affect my divorce?

Written by: HHLaw (View All Posts ) Published: May 6, 2019
Categorized: Family Law.

It’s possible your social media posts could impact your divorce proceedings. Specifically, social media can weigh heavily into discussions about finances, support payments and parenting abilities. Individuals should be cautious about what they post while their settlements are still being negotiated. You may not realize how much information a single image or 140-character message can hold.

In a recent article, one of the examples of the effects of social media was a picture of a parent taking a child boating, and the child wasn’t wearing a lifejacket. This could be used to show negligence and poor parenting skills in a fight for sole custody. Whereas its common for married couples to disagree on a parenting issues, these conflicts can turn into ammunition for divorcing couples. This is why parents should be careful about what they post on social media during divorce proceedings.

Negotiations can be more challenging when there is photo or video evidence to support certain claims. Social media posts can be used to show disrespect, poor parenting choices, or other habits (such as partying or drinking) which could be used against you.

Social media is a part of everyone’s lives now. Which means if there is data collected (such as screenshots or posts) that supports one person’s goals in a divorce proceeding, it will likely be used and admitted into evidence.

If you have questions about whether some items you’ve discovered from social media can be applied to your case, consult with a family lawyer. The same goes for if you have an ex that is trying to use your social media posts against you. It’s crucial to understand what your rights are on either side of the argument, and the implications of using social media in a divorce proceeding.

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