One of the biggest mistakes that people make in the midst of a divorce is to overlook their social media use. Before you file for divorce, you should understand how your social media accounts factor into the final settlement.
Understanding responsible social media use helps you protect your interests as you negotiate your divorce settlement.
Anything you post is relevant in court
The court considers any evidence presented during your divorce case, including social media posts, pictures, comments and tags that showcase any kind of irresponsible decision-making, false statements or inappropriate behavior. Remember that anything on social media is eligible for subpoena and consideration.
Deleting posts may be an obstruction of justice
In some instances, deleting posts from your social media accounts during your divorce proceedings is an obstruction of justice. Avoid deleting anything the other party might subpoena, and discuss photos and tags with your friends to avoid any potential conflicts.
Privacy settings may not protect your data
Privacy settings are important for keeping your social media activity away from your ex, but that does not guarantee you complete privacy. Posts on your profile restricted only to your friends are still accessible by subpoena and people on your friend list may share your posts as well. Screenshots are common in digital media as well.
Protect yourself by avoiding social media during your divorce or only posting innocuous things. Discuss your concerns with your friends and loved ones to limit the risk of post tags and exposure issues. Be prepared for anything you post on social media to appear in court proceedings.