The average adult spends nearly two hours per day on social media sites. But, if you’re filing for divorce, it is probably best to break this bad habit. In fact, many attorneys advise their clients to stay off of social media until their divorce has been finalized. Why? Here are some of the ways social media can affect your divorce case:
Photos Can Paint An Unflattering Picture
Parents who are fighting for custody of their children need to show the judge they are responsible adults who have their priorities in order. However, the judge can get the wrong impression if you aren’t careful about the photos that you post on social media. Your spouse could present photos that show you drinking and partying with your friends and use them to argue that you should not be awarded custody. Be mindful of the photos you post so you do not run into this problem.
New Relationships Can Stir Emotions
Some people enter new romantic relationships before their divorce has been finalized. There’s nothing wrong with connecting with someone new. But, if you are in a new relationship, it’s best that you do not announce it to the world on social media. The news could quickly travel back to your spouse, who may not be happy to hear that you’ve moved on so fast. Hearing about your new relationship could anger your spouse, which will make reaching agreements in court much more difficult. To avoid unnecessary delays, keep the news private until your divorce has been finalized.
Social Media Can Draw Attention to Your Finances
Your social media posts could also draw attention to your finances. For example, posting photos from your extravagant vacation can lead to your spouse wondering whether or not you are hiding assets. If you are in the middle of a dispute over child or spousal support, photos like these can be used to show that you have plenty of disposable income.
This problem often arises when someone signs up for a dating website before their divorce has been finalized. Dating websites often ask users to provide their income information. If you exaggerate your income to appear more attractive, your spouse could tell the court that you make far more than you previously admitted. This can lead to significant delays in your case, so save yourself the time by staying off of social media.
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