From sharing photos from your adventures and posting your thoughts and
opinions to staying up-to-date with your loved ones’ lives and current
events, social media has become a significant part of our day-to-day lives.
Although platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram make the world
more connected than ever before, personal information within social media
accounts can be used as admissible evidence in
The following are several ways social media can have a negative impact
on your divorce case:
Accused of hiding assets – If you are your spouse are involved in a contentious dispute over
finances, whether it’s over
property division or
alimony, posting pictures of lavish vacations, multiple vehicles, and expensive
clothing and food can lead to questions about hidden assets and a more
favorable outcome for the other party.
Accused of being a bad parent – If you are vying for primary
custody of your child or visitation rights, social media activity can be used
to demonstrate whether or not you’re fit for the role. For example,
if there is a photo of you drinking or out with your friends when you’re
supposed to be supervising the kids, your spouse could use that picture
to convince the court you are not responsible to have child custody.
Accused of alienating your kids – Whether it’s positive or negative, many of us share our
thoughts on social media. However, if you post negative comments about
your spouse regarding a child custody battle, he/she may claim that you
are attempting to alienate the children.
Accused of adultery – Although it is not wise to date during a divorce, many people
do so anyway. However, your spouse can accuse you of adultery, which can
affect alimony and child custody decisions. On the other hand, posting
pictures online of your new flame can make your spouse jealous, resulting
in a more contentious legal battle.
As soon as you or your spouse files for divorce, it is important to avoid
using social media until an agreement is reached. Adjust your privacy
settings and prevent your information from being accessed by the public.
Make sure you block your spouse and any mutual friends since it is possible
for your spouse to gather information from shared acquaintances, despite
privacy settings. Turn off geo-tag features and tell your friends to stop
tagging you in anything. Lastly, only vent about the case to your lawyer,
rather than online.
If you are interested in filing for divorce in Long Island,
contact our experienced legal team at
Friedman & Friedman today.