How Social Media Can Impact Your Divorce

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Social media has changed the way we communicate with each other and share our lives. It provides a platform to learn more about your family, friends, co-workers, employers, and even your significant other.

In a divorce case, however, your social media activity can be considered as evidence which can be used against you or both parties to affect property division, alimony, child custody, child support, and more.

The following are some of the ways social media affect your divorce:

  • Posts about lavish spendings - If one party is attempting to gain more assets in a divorce (or even hide them), but they post pictures of costly purchases, such as cars, vacations, and even clothes, it can lead to a more favorable divorce settlement for the other party.
  • Negative comments from one parent to the other - If one party repeatedly posts negative comments about the other, this type of negative behavior could make it seem that the attacking spouse is attempting to alienate the children.
  • Posts about partying, drinking, or recreational drug usage - A spouse who posts pictures of a child with an alcoholic beverage, checks into a bar or a club, or posts pictures of himself/herself partying while he/she is supposed to be supervising the children, can be presented as evidence of an unfit parent.
  • Posts about a new flame - Creating a profile on an online dating site prior to your divorce being finalized is not wise. Not only does it show evidence of potential cheating, but most people have a different online persona compared to who they really are. If someone is caught saying something different on a dating site than is said in court, it may cause damage in a divorce case.

At Camille Borg Law PLLC, we advise you to avoid social media until your divorce is finalized. While it may be tempting to delete all of your accounts and remove your online presence, once litigation starts, social media becomes evidence. So, in essence, deleting accounts could be seen as destroying evidence, which results in more legal troubles.

If you are interested in filing for divorce in McKinney, TX, request a consultation with our experienced divorce lawyer at Camille Borg Law PLLC today.