Experts urge caution when using social media during a divorce


The evolution of technology and the rise of social media have ushered in an entirely new era of instant and far more personal communication. For example, thanks to Facebook, Twitter and other such platforms, people can share their thoughts, feelings and experiences with family, friends and the entire world in just a few keystrokes.

While this new era of communication is certainly exciting, it's important to remember that it can have certain consequences, especially in the context of divorce and its related issues of child support, child custody, visitation, etc.

Don't believe it?

Consider a recently released survey by the American Association of Matrimonial Lawyers that discovered the following:

  • Social media evidence was presented in 81 percent of all divorce cases in the U.S. in 2012
  • 27 percent of divorces see spouses posting some type of unkind and/or destructive communication about their former spouse on a social media forum

Given the damage that can be wrought by social media evidence, family law experts strongly advise those in the midst of a divorce and/or child custody proceedings to avoid using social media altogether or, at the very least, to use it judiciously.

One of the basic tips they offer is taking the time to ask how someone older would likely react to a particular post or message. Specifically, ask whether they would perceive you as more or less responsible after viewing it. By this logic, posting pictures of a weekend trip to Las Vegas or a bachelorette party may not prove to be the best idea.

Similarly, experts advise people in the midst of a bitter divorce or custody hearing to avoid making any sort of communication in anger as it can prove to be harmful further down the road.

If you simply must vent your feelings/frustration, they advise taking a decidedly old fashioned approach and writing it out on a piece of paper that is either destroyed or kept out of the public eye.

When confronted with the altogether difficult issues of divorce and child custody, it can be extremely beneficial to speak with an experienced legal professional who can advise you of your rights and how you can most help your case.

This post is provided for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal advice.

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