3 Social Media Actions That Could Complicate Your Divorce

24 September 2019
 Categories: Law, Blog

Social media has become such a normal part of modern society that many people can't imagine going a day without logging on and posting a new status. Social networking via online sites can be a great way to keep in contact with friends and family, but your participation in social media could have a negative effect on your divorce.

Familiarize yourself with these three seemingly innocuous actions you may be engaging in on social media platforms to protect yourself against divorce complications.

1. Sharing Location Information

Many businesses offer you the opportunity to check-in virtually to let your friends know where you are and where you have been throughout the day. Under normal circumstances, sharing your location information isn't cause for concern, but you need to avoid completing virtual check-ins while you are going through your divorce.

Your spouse could potentially collect information on your movements using your social media location information. If you have checked in while visiting a nightclub, bar, or casino, these visits can be taken out of context and used against you in a custody dispute. Disable your phone's auto-locating software to avoid sharing location information on social media for the duration of your divorce.

2. Discussing a New Love Interest

A divorce is not something that can be completed overnight. Many couples spend months or even years working through the details of a divorce before reaching an agreeable resolution. It's not uncommon for spouses to begin dating again before the divorce has been finalized by the court.

While this behavior can be acceptable in many circumstances, you should avoid posting any information about a new love interest you have met on your social media accounts. A skilled attorney can use a new relationship to help cast doubt on your ability to protect your children in order to complicate custody negotiations.

Keep the details of your love interest to yourself and instruct friends and family to avoid posting information about your relationship online as well.

3. Discussing Financial Information

You probably know better than to advertise the balance of your bank account on your social media page, but you could be sharing other pieces of financial information without even knowing it.

A photo of a new tech gadget you have purchased, talking about a new cell phone you recently obtained, or sharing your plans to take a vacation can all be detrimental to your divorce. These types of posts can suggest that you have more money than you actually do, affecting the child support and alimony payments you receive after your divorce is final.

To learn more, contact a law office like Souders Law Group.