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Social media and divorce: What you need to know

On Behalf of | Sep 2, 2022 | Family Law |

Twitter, TikTok, Facebook, Instagram – there is a pretty good chance you have a couple of social media profiles. While social media is a great platform for interacting with family and friends, there are instances when you need to be careful with respect to what you post online.

There is absolutely nothing wrong illegal with posting a pithy quip or sharing those funny memes, certain social media activities can complicate your divorce case.

Why you should stay away from social media while the divorce is underway

The primary reason why you need to keep off social media during the divorce (or while dealing with any legal matter) is that what you post on your profile can, and will most certainly, be used against you. Meaning, if you are fond of trash-talking your ex, showing off your holiday photos of luxury purchases or posting photos of you partying and drinking with new lovers, you can expect your ex to bring these to the court’s attention.

Here are the problems the court will find with these behaviors:

  • Trash talking your spouse could amount to parental alienation and this will hurt your custody case
  • Showing off luxury purchases or holiday photos could be a sign that you are trying to hide marital assets. Additionally, this will impact your alimony and child support cases
  • Posting partying photos could bring your parenting ability into question, and this can hurt your custody case.
  • If your ex learns about your new relationship through your social media posts, they might bring this issue up during the custody hearing.

Social media is a great way to keep in touch with family and friends. During the divorce, however, it is in your best interest that you avoid these platforms. The last thing you want is to make a mistake that will hurt you down the road.