When social media is part of your daily life, it is easy to forget that even a “simple” post can be a problem during a divorce. Even well-thought-out posts can be shared without permission or misinterpreted.
During a divorce, you can accidentally be your own worst enemy. And, once a divorce is filed, you will likely be under court orders not to delete or destroy any documents or electronic data. And you may be ordered to produce electronic copies of social media accounts.
Keep in mind that even uncontested divorces can become contested later on.
Here are some things to avoid. Don’t post:
- pictures, posts or memes about drinking, partying, or drug use (even if intended to be humorous);
- about what you are “going through”, or anything that makes you sound negative, angry or helpless;
- negative posts about your soon-to-be-ex (even if you “hint” at who it is, no one is fooled);
- about a new or potential dating relationship;
- things to try to make your ex jealous.
You can post positive things, pictures of you and your kids, your pets, the food you are making, community events and so on.
Every time you are about to post, imagine the information put onto an overhead projector in a courtroom during your divorce trial. If it shouldn’t go there, it shouldn’t go online at all.
Click here for more tips from “The Client Page in the “Texas Bar Journal “, November 2019.
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