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How Social Media Can Affect Your Divorce

How Social Media Can Affect Your Divorce

Social media has become an influential part of our everyday lives. According to Pew, nearly seven in ten Americans use at least one social media platform.

Many of us use social media to share our experiences, thoughts, and interests. We are more connected than ever thanks to platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snap Chat.

However, most people underestimate the consequences of social media interaction during the divorce process. If you are going through a divorce, your spouse’s attorney may look for anything which makes you look like a bad person and/or a negligent parent.

The following are the common types of posts that should not belong on your page during divorce:

  • Posts about going out or partying – Writing or posting a picture of yourself inebriated makes you look like an irresponsible person, especially in the eyes of most judges. For example, if you and your spouse are in the middle of a child custody dispute, posts about your partying lifestyle can make you appear to be a negligent parent, especially if you were supposed to care for the kids on those days or nights.
  • Posts about extravagant purchases – Money is one the main issues when it comes to divorce. If you’re experiencing child or spousal support disputes, or any other financial situation in your divorce, you should avoid posts about any purchases you made or presents you received. Furthermore, avoid posting vacations and trips.
  • Posts about dating activities – If you choose to date another person during your divorce, it could lead to a fault-based divorce, which could result in a huge advantage for the other spouse in spousal support or property division negotiations. Even changing your relationship status too quickly can typically be misconstrued or interpreted against you.
  • Posts from friends – You need to be aware of what your friends post about you on their profiles. Just because you didn’t post it on your own profile doesn’t mean it can’t be seen on someone else’s. If you and your spouse share mutual friends, and your friend posts some content that is considered unsavory about either one of you, remember that the other side can see that and use it against you.

If you are interested in filing for divorce in Massachusetts, contact our Framingham divorce attorney at Barach Law Group LLC today.

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