How Social Media May Affect Your Divorce
The use of social media has become an integral part of our everyday lives. However, accounts such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are also becoming key sources of information in divorce cases. Our award-winning attorneys at Stange Law Firm, PC, know that these accounts can strengthen your position or harm it, depending on the circumstances.
Q: What Social Media Posts Can Strengthen My Divorce?
A: Photos posted on social media sites have exposed spouses who are hiding assets. These photos can be put up by new romantic partners, college friends or even family members. Examples may include a picture of the girlfriend going on an expensive vacation with your ex-spouse, an announcement that your ex just bought a brand new car or a friend talking about the new boat your ex is planning to buy. Our attorneys have experience seeking out this kind of evidence and submitting it to the court.
Q: What Kinds Of Posts Can Hurt My Divorce?
A: Different kinds of posts can affect your breakup in different ways. These include:
- Posts that indicate you are in a better financial situation, especially if you are the primary breadwinner
- Pictures that show you engaging in irresponsible or neglectful behavior while your children are in the background
- Angrily worded posts that are threatening to your ex
- Anything that is related to your divorce
It is always best to keep posts neutral and nonpersonal until your divorce is finalized.
Q: Are There Social Media Precautions I Can Follow?
A: Steps you can take to protect yourself on social media include:
- Checking your privacy settings
- Changing your passwords
- Disabling geotagging
- Alerting friends and family not to tag you in any posts
Additionally, don’t accept friend requests from people you don’t know and ask friends and family to do the same.
To learn more about social media/electronic evidence in a divorce, you can read our article that we have on the topic: Email Evidence in Divorce Litigation.
Navigating The Social Media Minefield in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, or Oklahoma
Our attorneys will do everything in their power to protect your interests and to pursue any possible evidence that can be used against your ex. For your convenience, we work out of numerous offices throughout the region. Schedule a consultation by contacting us through our online form or calling us at 855-805-0595.