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How Social Media Can Affect Your Divorce

If you are getting a divorce, you should be aware of what actions can negatively impact the outcome of the proceedings. How others perceive you can have a huge impact on the judgements made in your case. Aspects of certain social media sites can portray an image of you that can be taken out of context by your ex-spouse and their attorney. Because of this, you should avoid making posts about your personal life on social media until your divorce has been made final.

Beware of What You Post

Divorce lawyers can use Facebook posts, Twitter tweets, and Instagram pictures in the courtroom. These snippets of your personal life can be used to suggest you have been engaged in an extramarital affair or illegal activities. In fact, judges have actually order people to hand over their passwords to their Facebook and online dating profiles in order to look into certain allegations made by one spouse. What appears on your social media account can potentially affect the spousal support you receive and even the amount of time you are allowed to spend with your children.

How to Manage Your Social Media Accounts

The first thing you should do is block your ex-spouse from any social media sites you use. You should also consider blocking certain family, friends and colleagues who are sympathetic to your ex. Also, make sure you change your passwords to ALL of your social media accounts.

While you might have a more active social life since separating from your spouse, you don’t necessarily want to flaunt this to your followers during your divorce. Avoid checking-in and geotagging when you go out. Other people can sometimes see these things and relay the information to your ex-spouse.

Online dating profiles are often used as evidence in divorce proceedings, so make sure you remove anything from your profile that differs from what you have disclosed in your case, including your occupation or how much money you make. The last thing you want is a picture of you and someone else showing up in court and complicating your case.

Do you need help with your divorce proceedings? Contact our Charlotte team of divorce attorneys to learn how we can help you today.

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