The Top 4 Rules for Social Media Use During Your Divorce
Social media is part of most people’s daily lives. While it can be a great way to stay connected with family and friends, it can also negatively impact your position in divorce, custody, and other family law proceedings.
1. Do not vent or air your dirty laundry on social mediaIt is essential to have someone you can vent to and lean on during a difficult time. However, the hundreds of Facebook friends, Instagram followers, or other social media contacts, should not fill that role during your divorce, custody fight, or other family law proceeding.
2. Matters subject to court proceedings should never be discussed on social mediaNever communicate with your spouse/ex-spouse about matters that are subject to court proceedings on any social media platform. This will only create more issues.
3. Assume you are being watchedAssume your spouse and his or her attorney are watching and see every picture, status, check-in, and comment you post on social media, including any profile on dating websites like Match.com and Tinder.com. Anything you post on social media could and very well may be used as evidence against you and end up in the public court record.
4. Know who your "friends" areParticularly if you are going to use your social media platforms to vent about your personal issues, ensure you know who your "friends" include. Do not hesitate to delete or limit certain people from viewing all aspects of your social media profiles, and never allow full public access to your profiles where it can be limited.