If you are like the majority of Americans today, you have at least one social media account on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Snapchat. Since most – if not all – divorcing spouses have social media accounts, divorce attorneys everywhere have seen them make big mistakes that ultimately affected their divorce.
When undergoing a divorce, it’s crucial to learn the best social media practices while going through the process. One seemingly inconsequential mistake can have a disastrous impact on matters like child custody, alimony, and even the amount of legal fees you pay.
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In this post, Jay is sharing his insights about how social media can damage a divorce proceeding.
Posting on Social Media During Your Divorce: What’s the Damage?
Yes, everybody in this country has freedom of speech but some folks tend to throw all caution to the wind. Just because you CAN do something, doesn’t mean you SHOULD.
Let’s say you are arguing that you cannot afford to pay alimony, but you have posted pictures of yourself enjoying a luxury spa-cation. Do you think your ex can’t use those posts as an evidence to support their case? Think again.
Social medial posts and comments can be used as evidence against you in your Massachusetts divorce case.
Similarly, if you are fighting your ex-spouse for child custody but you keep sharing pictures of you smoking, drinking alcohol, or partying at nightclubs, you can bet it will seriously hurt your chances of winning the case! These images will paint a not-so-pleasant picture of you and your ex might use them to bury your claim for custody.
Another thing you may want to consider is this: an amicable and uncontested divorce is generally best for all concerned. It not only reduces the stress but also helps cut down the legal costs. However, one single social media post where you rant about your spouse can ruin any likelihood of a friendly divorce.
If word gets back to your soon-to-be-ex that you have vented about the situation on a social platform online, they might (read: “will”) get angry and turn the process into a legal nightmare that costs you peace of mind and thousands of dollars in legal bills.
Not sure what’s the best way to get through your divorce in a calm and hassle-free way? Contact Jay at 617-221-3548 and he will help you reduce the cost and achieve a successful outcome. Jay will remain at your side throughout the divorce proceedings to ensure you know how to handle yourself no matter what the other party throws at you.
Top Tips to Handle Social Media When Your Divorce is Pending
If you are in the middle of a divorce, here are a few tips you must follow so as to not hurt your case:
- Do not post or comment about your divorce publicly on social media.
- Facebook: Do not change your status from “married” to “single” until your divorce is finalized.
- Do not post anything negative about your spouse.
- Do not post any pictures that show you drinking alcohol or partying.
- Do not post any pictures that show you spending money on lavish vacations, shopping, etc.
- Do not post any pictures that show you dating someone new.
- A good rule to follow: Before you post anything, ask yourself “Am I comfortable with my soon-to-be-ex or a judge seeing this post?” If the answer is “No,” don’t post it.
If you are often ruled by your emotions, it might be better to take a break from social media until your divorce is final. You can deactivate your social accounts until then to avoid the temptation to badmouth your spouse online.
Even if you are venting about your ex to an online friend via private messaging, you never know when that information gets passed on to your spouse. It may sound crazy to you, but we have seen enough cases where a “close online friend” turned out to be closer to the other party!
So, follow these recommendations and talk to your attorney before you post anything on social media during a divorce proceeding.
Talk to a Competent and Trusted Divorce Attorney in Massachusetts
An experienced divorce attorney will guide you regarding the acceptable conduct on social media during your divorce. With 22+ years of experience in divorce and family law, Jay Davis knows every little trick there is to avoid getting blindsided and hurting your credibility during divorce proceedings. To schedule a free consultation with Jay, call at 617-221-3548 or write to us online.
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