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Divorce And Your Social Media: The Fundamentals

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When it comes to managing the process of a divorce, one thing your divorce lawyer is likely to tell you is that your social media activity could potentially be a serious threat to your divorce case. Unfortunately, too many people underestimate the importance of their social media activity when it comes to their divorce and they only realize their mistake when it is too late. Here's a look at some of the things that your divorce lawyer may want you to know about your social media accounts before you file for divorce.

Your Social Media Can Become Evidence

The most important thing for you to understand is that your social media accounts, and everything posted on them, can become evidence in your divorce. Whether the information is obtained by your soon-to-be-former spouse or from friends on your account, or even through a subpoena to the social media company, even setting your social media account to private isn't enough to prevent your posts from being accessible to use as evidence in your divorce case.

Once It's Posted, It Must Stay There

Deleting anything from your social media in the midst of your divorce case could be considered an attempt at hiding evidence. This could leave you vulnerable to charges of obstruction or other potential repercussions. As a result, you should make sure that you don't delete posts on your account at all once you've filed for divorce.

Your Friends' Posts Can Be Evidence, Too

If one of your friends posts a picture of you and tags you in the post, or tags you in a regular post, that post can then become relevant to your divorce as well. As soon as you are tagged in it, that post can be called into evidence for your divorce case. Take time to talk with your loved ones to make sure that nobody tags you in anything on social media during your divorce case.

Avoid Discussing The Case Online

While it's common to see your social media account as an outlet for venting, you shouldn't vent about your spouse, the problems in your marriage, or any information about your divorce. Don't discuss upcoming hearings, your children's opinions, or anything that happens related to your divorce. This is important to protect you legally in court.

These are some of the most important things to consider when it comes to managing your social media account during your divorce. Talk with your divorce lawyer about any other tips or advice that you should follow to protect yourself through the case. Contact a divorce lawyer for more information.