We live in a social media world. News is available almost instantaneously, we are able to share pictures with friends and family across the world at the click of a button, and we can share any thought we have on various social media platforms. It is estimated that nearly 77% of people have some sort of social media profile. Technological advances are important and beneficial to society, but they do have their downfalls. One such downfall is negative impact on divorce proceedings. You might not believe it, but social media can have a negative impact on the outcome of your divorce.
Evidence is Admissible
Even the most “private” of social media platforms can still be seen by people you did not intend to. You might think that information shared on your personal social media is not admissible as evidence in a personal injury suit. However, it is likely that posts made by you on social media can be used as evidence during divorce proceedings. Things that other people say about you on social media, however, might not be admissible.
The Effects on Divorce Proceedings
Now that you know that he information on social media could admissible as evidence during a divorce, it is time to look at the potential elements of divorce that social media can affect.
- Division of Property: Virginia is an equitable distribution state. This means that marital assets are divided equitable at the dissolution of marriage. Social media posts about financial assets, or the lack thereof, could impact the division of assets. If you claim to have no assets during a divorce proceeding, but social media posts indicate otherwise, this could affect what the judge deems equitable division.
- Custody: There are many factors that are considered when determining custody of children during a divorce. One of these factors could be social media posts of the parents. If a parent is engaged in “inappropriate” activity, the judge might use this in his or her decision of custody.
What to Avoid on Social Media
Going through a divorce does not mean that you need to delete social media profiles. However, it is a good idea to be more conscious of the information put out on social media platforms. The following are some topics to avoid during divorce proceedings:
- New Relationships: Infidelity can impact asset division or spousal maintenance awards in divorce. A new relationship could give the wrong impression of cheating, even if the relationship began after separation.
- Complaints About Your Ex-Spouse: It is best to refrain from talking about your ex, especially complaints. You do not want to appear to be uncooperative or unwilling to work things out, especially when it comes to child custody.
- Lifestyle Choices: You need to be conscious of the type of lifestyle you lead. Reckless or questionable behavior can negatively impact custody decision.
Social media gives us the chance to connect with people all over the world, but is not immune from people taking things out of context. You cannot control what others think, but you can control the information you put on social media. The family law attorneys at Greg Baker Attorneys at Law, PLLC are here to help you through a divorce. Contact us today for a consultation.