social media during divorce

Using Social Media During Your Divorce

Millions of people use some form of social media every day. Facebook and Instagram are the two most popular ones. When a person is going through a divorce, it may be tempting to seek solace and comfort from your online friends but sharing personal information on social media during your divorce can have negative consequences.

Social Media Posts Can Be Used Against You

No matter how private you believe you have your settings, your spouse may find your posts. There are specific types of posts that may adversely affect your divorce. Some examples are:

  • Posting photos of a new purchase, posts about a trip or vacation, or posts about treating your friends to dinner, are not helpful when you are claiming during your divorce that you really need more money than the amount your spouse wants you to agree to.
  • If you post a lot of photos of yourself out with your friends, drinking and partying, or doing “wild” things, your spouse may use this in claiming you are not fit to have responsibilities or time with minor children.
  • If you say derogatory things about your spouse or make comments lashing out in anger against your spouse, your spouse may be able to use the comments to argue you are too angry to be the custodial parent and may go so far as getting a court to order you not to speak negatively about your spouse in front of your children.
  • Marijuana is now legal in Illinois, but it is not a good idea to post a picture of you making your maiden voyage to the pot shop.

Do Not Trust a Closed Facebook Group

You may think what you post or comment on in a closed Facebook group is safe from discovery. Not true. It can be discovered by a resourceful spouse or their attorney. Plus, if a mutual friend of both you and your spouse is a member of the group, the information may easily be shared with your spouse.

Attorneys often get screenshots from a spouse or an opposing attorney saying, “Look what my spouse is doing (or saying) in this closed Facebook group.”

For more information about posting on social media during your divorce and help during the difficult times of the divorce process, contact us at Bruckner Hernandez Legal Solutions to schedule a consultation.