Most people use social media to connect with friends and loved ones separated by vast distances. Posting pictures of our daily life or providing updates can help keep those people close. For many users, social media also offers an outlet to post about current struggles or concerns, allowing users to activate their support systems and find like-minded individuals.
Sometimes, the things we post on social media have consequences in the “real world.” If you face a divorce suit, the following social media posting mistakes may negatively impact your case.
Top 5 social media mistakes during a divorce
Many people turn to social media for support during difficult times, like during a divorce. Though posting may offer some emotional relief and allow you to connect with your support system, these mistakes can have a negative impact:
- Insulting your spouse: Some people turn to sites like Facebook to blow off steam, perhaps posting a stream-of-consciousness rant about their spouse. The next day in court, your spouse’s lawyer may present your emotional rant as evidence of instability or file a libel suit over the insults.
- Posting pictures: Many people relieve stress by going out with friends. Though posting pictures of a night free of obligations is fun, you may find these pictures presented in court. Opposing counsel may claim these posts are evidence of infidelity or unfitness as a parent.
- Checking in to locations: A popular function of social media is “checking in” to locations to let people know where you are and what you are doing. If you are pursuing divorce to escape an abusive or dangerous situation, this can lead an abuser straight to you.
- No privacy settings: Over years of marriage, your social circles may have become intertwined. Though you believe your post privacy settings adequate, you may have overlooked a mutual friend that may share your posts with your spouse. Double-check who can see your post before publishing.
- Open accounts: Having a social media presence is the biggest mistake you can make. Temporarily shut down your accounts during litigation ensures protection from negative consequences.
Worried about security? A lawyer can help
Those concerned about maintaining privacy during a divorce suit can reach out to a local attorney familiar with Michigan’s divorce laws. An attorney will assess your case, recommend a course of action and help protect your rights.