Did you know that your social media accounts could come under scrutiny in court during litigious divorce proceedings? To avoid this undesirable situation and avoid giving your ex-spouse fuel for the fire, it is best to address your social media accounts prior to a divorce.
You should start cleaning up your social media in an ideal world before you even file for divorce. This is because your spouse may take steps to find social media posts that could help strengthen their position as soon as they know that divorce is on the cards.
Any post that you have made can be used as evidence to support a certain position, and evidence from social media and other online sources is admissible in court. Some of your posts may have been made in jest, and some may seem entirely innocuous.
However, even a tongue-in-cheek post about how annoying your children were on a given day can be used against you in regards to custody matters. Or a post showing you in a different location and with other people could be used towards evidence of marital infidelity.
In short, social media posts can affect your divorce’s outcomes in a number of ways: financial matters, custody of children. Social media posts can also mean the difference between a fault and no-fault divorce and affect the lengths of divorce proceedings.
Given these factors, it’s best to delete the Tweet, review your Facebook account, and take a good hard look at all your past social media activities:
- Work methodically and review one social media account at a time.
- Start by reviewing your past posts for each account. Delete any posts that you think could be used unfavorably. Try to put yourself in your spouse’s lawyer’s shoes; what kind of things would they be looking for?
- If you feel like you cannot delete past posts without raising suspicion, consider deactivating your accounts until the divorce is final. If you are still with your spouse and preparing to file, you can let them know that you’re entirely moving away from social media if they question these changes.
- Don’t forget to review your comments on others’ posts and posts from friends that may concern you.
While cleaning up your social media before a divorce can be a big task, taking the time to do so can make a huge difference to the outcome. And remember, you can’t assume that what you post online is ever confidential. Public social media posts are not illegal evidence, so what you have posted or will post could be used against you.
Do you need help preparing for a divorce in Alabama? Get in touch with us today and our skilled team of Selma divorce attorneys can provide you with more information on what to do in the run-up to a divorce.