Social media is everywhere. Think about how much it has changed your life in the past few years: where do you find out about events in your social circle? Engagements, weddings, new jobs, new babies? How do you share any type of big news of your own? If you are like most Americans, these interactions are facilitated by social media.
As you surely know, social media can also be harmful. You might have found information that made you upset, shocked you, or caused you to have a dispute with a loved one via social media. You might also have been told to be very careful about what you post on social media because anything that can be perceived as offensive can harm your career and chances of being hired in the future. When you are going through a divorce, it is wise to follow the same social media rules that apply when you are searching for a new job.
If you make social media posts that speak badly of your spouse, this can reflect poorly on your character. This, in turn, can have a negative impact on your child custody ruling because the court might feel that your character and feelings about your child’s other parent might not create a healthy environment for him or her.
If you and your spouse are considering divorcing through mediation or collaborative divorce, speaking poorly of him or her can also create resentment and make it difficult or impossible to successfully complete either of these types of divorce. Although you might not like your spouse, you need to be cordial with him or her during the divorce process to prevent further conflict and make it more difficult than it needs to be.
If your spouse suspects you are cheating or attempting to hide assets, he or she can use social media information to support this accusation.
In many cases, spousal maintenance is contingent on the lesser-earning spouse living without a partner. If your former spouse sees via social media that you are living with a new partner, he or she can have grounds to have your alimony agreement modified. Likewise, if you report your assets during a deposition and are then seen in a new car or boat on social media, your spouse could potentially prove that you concealed this asset.
The best way to protect yourself during your divorce is to stay off social media completely. If you can not do this, refrain from engaging in any type of discussion that could potentially be construed as somehow related to your divorce. For further guidance about social media and other issues you might face related to divorcing in the 21st century, contact The Law Office of Eric B. Hannum Esq., LLC. We are an experienced New Jersey divorce firm based in Lakewood. We serve clients in Mercer, Monmouth, Middlesex, Ocean, and Burlington counties.