Understanding the Troubles of Social Media and Divorce

Hands are making indecision signalsIf you are facing the reality of divorce, posting certain content onto the Internet could put your spouse at an advantage because they may be able to use certain information against you. This is why many attorneys will tell you that you should consider disabling your social media profiles until your divorce is finalized. Certain pieces of evidence are admissible in court such as photographs, status updates, information on professional networks, and dating website profiles.

There have been many times in history where a photograph brought a spouse’s mental health into question, showed signs of child abuse, or showed an unsafe home. The same can be said for status updates that are shared on Facebook. This is why it is important to not make certain public statements concerning your divorce at all, because even when you change the privacy, people can obtain access to this information. There are some easy tips to keep in mind to keep yourself safe in any event.


Always Think Before You Post: Anything you say can be used against you in court. This is why you should always think before you post something that shows poor parental judgment, immaturity, or could be used against you in any negative way.

Never Badmouth the Judge: When you are dealing with a private matter such as litigation, it should be kept private. The judge decides where your children will primarily decide, so it is a good idea to never make public, negative comments about them.

Never Badmouth Your Spouse: Never speak badly about your spouse or ex-spouse to friends online. Your spouse could use this against you during litigation, which is frowned upon. 

Never Post if You Doubt: If you believe something you want to post could be misinterpreted, then do not post it. Even something you believe is funny could be seen as harmful in the eyes of the court. 

Abide by Divorce Terms: Perhaps your divorce agreement says that you are not permitted to post pictures of your children on social media. Perhaps it says that you cannot visit dating profiles until your proceedings have ended. These are things you must keep in mind.

If you are going through a divorce and have questions about what you should and shouldn’t do, perhaps you need to discuss options with your attorney. Call us today to find out more about how we can help you.