Do Not Make These Social Media Mistakes When You Have a Divorce Pending

Posted on: August 21, 2019

Do Not Make These Social Media Mistakes When You Have a Divorce Pending

Going through a divorce is rarely a pleasant experience for people. They often turn to friends and family to vent about the process and may be tempted to go to social media to do so. This is not a good idea. Keep reading to find out about the most common social media mistakes people make that affect their divorce. If you are considering divorce, contact Law Office of Michael L. Fell at (949) 585-9055 to speak to an experienced divorce attorney.

The Statistics May Surprise You

Believe it or not, there are statistics on how social media can affect a divorce. The study showed that more than 80% of divorce attorneys found information on social media that was presented as evidence during the divorce. More than 65% of lawyers said they use Facebook as one of the primary sources of evidence. One in three divorce actions are caused by online affairs. While social media can negatively impact a divorce in several ways, the most common ways involve infidelity and / or financial misconduct.

Do Not Complain About Your Spouse on the Internet

It may feel cathartic to complain about your spouse online, there can be very serious results. If you say things that are false or cannot be proven then this can be used against you. If you threaten them or criticize them, this can be used against you. Never talk about your spouse’s ability to parent. In fact, avoid talking about your spouse online at all.

Do Not Delete Anything from Social Media Just Because You Think it May Be Used Against You

It may seem to make sense that if you have older posts that could hurt you, it would be best to delete them. Do not do this. Remember that you cannot really permanently delete anything on your account. Remember as well that attempting to do so can incriminate you, make you look guilty of something, and even be considered destruction of evidence – a criminal offense.

Do Not Discuss Drug or Alcohol Use

Marijuana is legal in California so many people assume it is okay to post about it on social media. Going out for a night and having a few drinks with friends is totally innocent so why wouldn’t you be able to share it? Because it can be taken out of context. This is especially important if you are trying to get child custody as your spouse may try to use these discussions or photos of drug and / or alcohol use as evidence that you are not fit to parent.

If you have questions about whether or not you should post a particular thing on social media then we recommend you do not. If you have questions for an attorney, we recommend you contact Law Office of Michael L. Fell at (949) 585-9055 for a free legal consultation.