Almost everyone utilizes some aspect of social media now. Regardless of age, both teens and baby-boomers are rarely seen without a mobile device in hand. From Facebook and Twitter to Instagram and Snapchat, these are more than just ways to communicate with people globally. They are also ways to create a lasting digital imprint of all types of information including your location, what you did on certain days, what you searched for on the Internet and more.
This is why it is so imperative that if you are about to start or are in the middle of a divorce proceeding, that you are very conservative and careful with what you choose to share on social media. Certain actions could have unintended consequences in your divorce.
According to Divorce Financial Strategist and Forbes contributor, Jeff Landers, he has seen more and more divorce situations in which social media played an unexpected role in divorce proceedings. He warns in a recent online article:
“Not every ‘friend’ is a friend. Not every connection is an ally. And many times, a message you thought was private turns out to be anything but.”
Here are some reasons why you should be cautious about using social media during your divorce proceedings:
- Relationships, assets and properties can be revealed through a picture, message or post when a party would rather keep this information hidden. There is a potential impact on property division when hidden assets are revealed.
- Your activity on your cell phone can be used against you in court. E-mails, texts and Facebook messages could lead the door to further information being exposed outside the social media realm.
- As a general rule, unless you do not want your spouse to see what you are posting, texting or messaging, then do not do it.
Take extra precautions while you are utilizing any of your social media apps. If you are uncertain or need further guidance, talk to our experienced divorce attorney immediately.