Divorce cases can be emotionally challenging and legally complex. With the rise of social media, it has become increasingly important for individuals going through a divorce to be cautious about their online activities. In New Jersey, social media posts can significantly impact divorce proceedings, potentially influencing child custody arrangements, alimony, and property division. To help you navigate this digital landscape, we have compiled a list of practical tips to consider during your divorce.
Think Before You Post
Before sharing anything on social media:
- Think about how it could be interpreted in a divorce case.
- Avoid posting content that could be used against you, such as lavish purchases, excessive partying, or negative comments about your spouse.
- Remember, even if your account is private, screenshots can quickly be taken and used as evidence.
Adjust Your Privacy Settings
Review and update your privacy settings on all social media platforms. Limit who can see your posts, photos, and personal information. While this may not guarantee complete privacy, it can help minimize the potential impact of your online presence on your divorce case.
Avoid Discussing Your Case Online
Refrain from discussing the details of your divorce case on social media. Venting or seeking support online may feel cathartic, but it can harm your case. Divorce proceedings are best kept private and confidential, so confide in trusted friends or family members instead.
Be Wary of Mutual Friends
During a divorce, mutual friends may find themselves in a difficult position. They may be tempted to share information with your spouse or inadvertently reveal details about your life through their own social media posts. Be mindful of what you share with mutual friends and consider limiting their access to your personal life online.
Document and Preserve Evidence
If you come across any social media posts or messages relevant to your divorce case, it is crucial to document and preserve them. Take screenshots, save copies, and keep a record of any online interactions that may support your position. This evidence can be valuable when presenting your case in court.
Considering the impact of social media on divorce cases, it is essential to exercise caution and discretion online. These practical tips can protect your interests and ensure your online presence does not negatively affect divorce proceedings.
Contact the Law Offices of Ryan E. Gilbert, LLC, if you require legal assistance or have any questions regarding your divorce!