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Do Facebooks Posts Impact Your Divorce?

Harding Law Firm - Tuesday, October 13, 2015


—Useful Tips from an Albany Divorce Lawyer

Millions of Americans use Facebook and other social media networking sites. However, if you are in the midst of a divorce, you need to understand how the use of these sites can impact the outcome of your case. Social media, when used as a reactive tool, can actually hurt your case; which is why most attorneys will advise their clients to avoid it altogether or not post anything regarding their case as well as take care to eliminate any hostile comments / information already present.

How Social Media Impacts Your Divorce

Not all friends on your social media account are really your friends, and the information you post could be relayed to your soon-to-be-ex, thus helping to make their case against you stronger. Just some ways social media can hurt your divorce case include:

  1. Online Activity May Hint at Hidden Assets - When married, you and your spouse shared mutual friends and contacts on social media. After the breakup, there is likely a friend or two that is more loyal to the other side. When you post information about financial activities or recent trips you have been taking during the divorce proceeding, others may inform your spouse of hidden assets.
  2. It Can Affect Custody - When you are posting your nights out with friends or inappropriate photos, they can later be used during the child custody hearing for your pending divorce.
  3. Threats - If you post threats or anything that can be perceived as a threat against your spouse, it could allow the other side to accuse you of anger management issues.
  4. Discussing Your Case - Posting any information about your active court case or decisions made in that case about you or the other party is never a good idea. Even if there are no clauses in your divorce documents stating you cannot share the information publicly, your venting it on social media can be perceived as vindictive and be used against you later.

It is critical that you realize this fact—anything you post on social networking sites can be handed over to your spouse and their attorney. A printed copy of your posts, tweets and updates are admissible as evidence. If you can, take a break from social media and do what you can to avoid doing anything that will negatively impact your case.

Speak with an Albany divorce attorney today regarding your case or concerns regarding social media. Contact Charles Harding for a free consultation. You can also call us at 518-384-3400