There is no question that social media accounts are a part of the lives of many. People use them for a variety of purposes including to share information with friends, to meet new people and network. Regardless of the reasons behind someone’s decision to share this way, because whatever is posted will be out there-accessible forever-it is important to seriously consider what you are sharing before taking the action. This is particularly true in situations where couples are divorcing.
There are times when couples are able to end a marriage a relatively amicable fashion. When however, a split is contentious, both sides will likely aggressively be looking for evidence that supports their position. Should photos posted appear to show that your situation is something other than what you claim, in turn, they could be used against you to negatively change your support or child custody situation. This is true even after an initial settlement has been reached.
The use of social media can be emotionally harmful as well. Platforms like Facebook are an easy place to vent hurt feelings or express displeasure with your ex. While your feelings are of course valid, sharing them with your online friends can be harmful to those close to you and you can’t take it back. This is particularly true if you and your ex have children who see the posts.
In any divorce it is important to take steps to protect your interests. Whether it is a support, alimony or child custody matter, information posted on Facebook or other social media accounts could have an impact. Accordingly, it is vital to think twice before posting anything.