How Does Social Media Affect The Divorce Process?
Social media today is a massive part of everyone’s lives; while it has some excellent uses and benefits, it also has some ugly impacts on our real-life relationships. For example, in a marriage, if one partner spends more time on social media and focuses on making their presence better, it can severely affect the dynamics of their marriage.
Many studies show that people who are incredibly frequently active on social media fight with their spouses. Not only does social media ill impact married life, but it can also affect your divorce process significantly.
So before posting anything on social media during your divorce process, contact your lawyer and get legal advice on how to behave on the platforms and what things you should strictly avoid.
Here’s how social media affects the divorce process.
Potential evidence for the case
You can use social media to retract pieces of evidence against both parties. Most of the time, it is used to collect pieces of evidence of adultery. Other times it is used to prove some of the allegations made during divorce trials.
You can use social media to your benefit to avoid any unreasonable demands made by your spouse. In addition, in some states, you can use proof of adultery to affect your alimony.
If one of the partners cheats, the other can demand more alimony. Similarly, if the partner who owes alimony finds their spouse deceiving them, they appeal not to pay alimony.
Other uses of social media include estimating the total marital assets. Suppose your partner is trying to hide assets during your divorce trials. In that case, you can refer to their social media to find pictures or statements that indicate the possession of hidden assets.
Moreover, social media can support you in proving that your partner might be unfit to raise a child. The post on social media can portray the parents smoking, drinking, or doing substance abuse around their children. Your lawyer can use the photos or videos in court to gain child custody.
The dos and don’ts of social media during your divorce
- Be cautious when posting any information on social media
- Spend as much less time as possible on social media platforms
- Talk to a lawyer to prevent any complications
- Do not trust the privacy setting of social media blindly
- Do not seek support from your social media connections
- Avoid posting updates related to your divorce or any progress or conflicts related to the case