If you are going through a divorce, it can be difficult to hold back feelings. Divorce is a contentious matter that can often bring out the worst in people and change how they react. It is important to make sure you are calm and collected. Think before you do anything, especially if you are active on social media.
In an era where technology and social media are pervasive, many people take to these platforms to vent their feelings. Unfortunately, social media and the things you post can have an impact on your divorce case. This is why our Tampa divorce attorneys at Givens Givens Sparks have compiled a list of five things you should avoid doing on social media while going through the divorce process.
1. Don’t Post Negative Comments About Your Spouse
In many contested divorces, emotions can run high. This can lead to some negative feelings towards your soon-to-be ex-spouse. It is important that you not let this reflect on your social media posts. Any post that you make can be used in your case against you, especially if they are disparaging. It is best to not discuss the situation at all in a public forum.
2. Don’t Assume That Nobody Can See Your Posts
Even if you do not mention your spouse or the case, there are posts that you can make that can impact the result. Certain pictures, such as with a new girlfriend or other posts that could reflect negatively upon you, can be used against you. Make sure you are careful with what you post and live as if you are being watched during this difficult time.
3. Don’t Exaggerate Your Relationship with Your Children
When divorce proceedings include child custody battles, many parents feel that if they post more pictures with their children, it can help sway the judge. Keep in mind, your history can also be available and if the amount of pictures or posts regarding you and your children appear to be exaggerated, it can make the court suspicious. Witnesses may also contest the validity of these images and you may appear to be lying.
4. Don’t Post Anything That Makes You Hesitate
If you felt like posting something but had second thoughts, odds are you shouldn’t post it. Hesitation means you felt something in the post could be used against you. It is a good idea to make sure you are safe in these posts and only share what you feel is not related to the divorce.
5. Don’t Delete Posts After They Have Been Posted
You have to remember that you should act as if there are cameras on you at all times. If you post something disparaging about your spouse and then decide to delete it a day or two later, it may be too late and it could have legal ramifications. Always think through the content you choose to share on social media.
If you are going through a complex divorce situation, reach out to our Tampa divorce lawyers and learn how we can help. Our goal is to help guide you through this difficult time in your life. Call us today for a consultation.