Be Careful What You Post When Going Through a Divorce
Divorce is never easy. With emotions running wild and access to understanding
peers at the tip of our fingertips, it is no surprise that social media
plays a role in the process. Unfortunately, some social media posts can
be detrimental to your divorce case. Our team of experienced divorce attorneys
at Jerry Loftin & Associates can help you navigate the complicated,
delicate process of divorce so you can be sure not to cause any harm with
your social media use.
for a free consultation at (817) 429-2000.
Social Media Tips During Divorce
There are a few key things to be aware of when you are facing a divorce,
one of which is how your social media can be used against you. Everything
you post is freely accessible, even if you think your page is private.
Here is what you need to know:
Income Evidence: Social media can provide evidence of your spending habits. If you are
going through a divorce and fighting against paying child support or alimony,
showing off expensive items, new cars or fancy vacations will prove to
the judge that you can afford more than you have claimed. In short, if
you have claimed financial hardship, your social media better not portray
a different story.
Child Custody: A huge deciding factor in child custody is your ability to be a responsible
parent. If your social media displays you binge drinking, doing drugs
or engaging in illegal or questionable activity, you may not be granted
the custody you want. In addition, if you are sharing photos of adult
outings and late nights at bars on the nights you are supposed to have
your children, it can be used as evidence that you have different priorities
than expected, which can jeopardize your
visitation and custody.
Grounds for Divorce: If you have not yet filed for divorce, social media posts may be the
straw that breaks the camel’s back. Posts that show your activity
outside of your marriage, intentionally or by accident, can be used as
grounds for divorce. In addition, posts displayed during your divorce
trial are often perfect for courtroom evidence.
It can be tempting to share your life’s ups and downs on social media
to feel a sense of community or freedom but, remember, it is not just
your friends who are watching. Social media serves as a permanent record
of what you are doing, who you are spending time with and how you are
spending money. Before you post, consider how it would look to the opposition.
It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Fort Worth Divorce Attorneys
If you are going through a divorce or one is on the horizon, you may be
searching for connection to friends and family; you may want to vent about
your anger or sadness; or you may be out trying to enjoy your newfound
freedom. Doing so is normal and to be expected, but precautions should
be taken to avoid these things jeopardizing your rights or your custody
Fort Worth divorce lawyers can help guide you through your divorce process and stand with you during
the proceedings. Our goal is to protect the best interests of our clients
and their children, and this includes advising against certain social
media practices. Let us work with you on your divorce and help you reach
an outcome that is fair and reasonable while protecting the things you
are fighting for.
Contact our team
to discuss your divorce today in a free consultation.