Using social media during a divorce can seem like an outlet in such a difficult time. It’s important to keep in mind that everything you post could come back to haunt you if you end up in litigation. Common sources of damaging information come from social media posts, so it is important to be cautious about what you are sharing on social media – even if you are just contemplating separation.
Here are the top five things to avoid sharing on social media when you are in a dispute over divorce, custody or child support.
- Disclosing confidential information – Sharing information about what is discussed with your attorney, therapist or doctor could waive the protection the law has provided on these communications. While judges may order that some of this information be disclosed, mostly doctor and therapist information, this is not a guarantee. That being said, if you post anything on social media, you will be waiving any privilege that may exist.
- Referencing alcohol or drug use – Even if you do not appear to be under the influence of either, sharing information or posting pictures with either substance will not help matters. Especially if your former spouse is making allegations of substance abuse.
- Complaining about the court or a judge’s decisions – There are certain times where family law cases are assigned to a specific judge. The last thing you want is a judge to see a public post complaining about their decision at your next hearing.
- Avoid sharing expensive purchases – It’s important for you to refrain from posting about expensive purchases, vacations or gifts. This is very significant when it comes to child support cases.
- Posting complaints or negative comments about your former spouse – While it may make you feel better in the moment, it will not help your credibility with a judge. Not to mention, it may also hurt the likelihood that your ex is willing to settle your dispute.
No matter how it may make you feel in the moment, no post or oversharing of information is worth damaging your divorce, child custody or child support case. Even if your social media accounts are on private, that doesn’t mean it is safe from opposing counsel requesting documentation or a private investigator finding your social media pages. If you are going through a divorce and need to speak to an experienced family law attorney, contact the Law Office of Joseph Cerino today.