Should I use social media during divorce? Probably not.

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Sunday, May 15, 2016.

You have probably heard a lot recently about social media and how it can actually influence couples’ feelings about each other. Just a quick Google search will show you just how many stories are out there on the topic of the link between social media and divorce.

But what about couples who are currently going through a divorce? What do they need to know about their social media use? For that matter, what do they need to know about the content that is already on their social media account, and how that data can be used in a divorce proceeding?

Social media accounts are becoming more and more prevalent in divorce cases because of the information they contain. Between photos, private messages, status updates, tweets and other comments on these accounts, there is a plethora of information that could be used to prove or disprove certain critical points in a divorce case.

For example, the photos you post could be used against you in a child custody case if they show lascivious behavior or unflattering images. Even the content of your status updates and tweets can call into question your ability to be a responsible mother or father.

The biggest takeaway you should have here is that your social media accounts are very important when it comes to divorce. It is probably best to stay off of Facebook, Twitter and the like when a divorce is ongoing — and even after your divorce is complete, you should refrain from making comments about your former spouse online.

Source: Huffington Post, “Social Media + Divorce = Danger Ahead!,” Deanna Conklin-Danao, April 19, 2016

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