Social media is an ever-present part of most people's daily lives. This does not tend to change when a couple begins to divorce. In fact, discoveries on social media may be the reason for the divorce in the first place.
Posts on social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter can be used as evidence in your divorce case. Posts made during the divorce process may also greatly complicate your case if you are not careful with what you put online.
With the help of an experienced Missouri divorce lawyer, you can better understand the ramifications of any posts on social media, and guard your rights with confidence as you get your divorce.
Social Media Evidence
Posts on your social media accounts, or on those of your soon-to-be former spouse may be used as evidence in Missouri courts. Whether social media posts are admissible as evidence is highly fact-dependent, but certain types of posts may have a substantial impact on your case.
- Posts which indicate your financial situation as better than indicated in court.
- Angry or threatening posts about your ex, or others with some relationship with your ex.
- Posts concerning your divorce.
- Pictures which indicate unbecoming, inappropriate, or illegal behavior.
Pictures of inappropriate behavior especially may have a major negative impact on your divorce, and your family rights going forward, including
- custody rights,
- child support,
- rights to visitation of children or other family members, or
- spousal support (alimony).
Tips for Handling Social Media During Divorce
Social media can be hazardous territory during divorce for a number of different reasons. Following a few tips can limit the issues that might be created by irresponsible use of social media, or people attempting to take advantage of your social media accounts.
- Don't Post About Your Divorce. Much of the information that comes out during a divorce is personal, and may not be appropriate to share. It can be an emotional time, and you may not be thinking clearly about what is appropriate to share online.
- Avoid Contact with Your Ex. Social media contact with your ex may lead to unpleasant posts, hurtful messages, or threatening behavior. If your ex contacts you, do not respond, but show any posts to your divorce lawyer, as they may be usable in your divorce case.
- Change Your Privacy Settings. There are different levels of privacy settings on social media platforms. It is wise to set your account in such a way as to prevent posting, following, or other interaction without your direct approval.
- Ask Friends and Family to Avoid Getting Involved. In many cases, friends and family feel as if they need to get involved in your divorce on social media, even if it is just to be supportive. However, even "supportive" posts can sometimes be problematic, so encourage your friends and family to abstain from posts about your divorce.
Consult a Missouri Divorce Attorney
If you have questions about social media and its impact on your divorce, seek the help of experienced Cass County attorney Joshua Wilson. You will go into the divorce process with power, knowledge, and confidence.
Contact the Joshua Wilson Law Firm today at (816) 331-9968 for a consultation.