Social Media and Divorce
No matter the situation, divorce is a difficult process. Even if the separation is amicable. However, divorce can be made even more complicated by social media. It is important to be aware of how social media posts can come back to haunt you during a divorce case.
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Managing Your Social Media Activity
Take Control of Your Social Media Accounts
One of the first things you need to do when getting a divorce is to take control of your social media accounts by making them private and changing all passwords. You may even want to enable multi-step security verification/authentication, if it’s an option. These steps help ensure that you know who can access your accounts and what information other people can see. Making your social media accounts private typically means that only people you accept as followers or friends will be able to view your posts and profile information. This is important because in a divorce your social media history can be scanned by unwanted parties and prior posts can be used against you in court.
Although it may be tempting to air your grievances, you should refrain from posting anything that discusses your relationship, the divorce, or reasons for the divorce. When you post on social media, you are posting information that can be screenshotted, shared, and collected. This information can be used as evidence against you in a divorce proceeding. Keep in mind that information can be construed to tell a different story than you originally intended. For the same reasons, it’s essential to not post anything disparaging or derogatory about the other party in your divorce case.
Be Careful When Deleting Information
An initial impulse may be to delete prior posts or delete a social media account entirely. However, you should consult a lawyer before doing so. In some circumstances, deleting posts or an account can be seen as erasing evidence or admitting that you knew certain posts could be damaging.
Be Responsible for Your Online Activity
Be careful with what you post. Any pictures of you partying or gambling might be taken the wrong way in court. You may know the circumstances, but you won’t always have the opportunity to thoroughly explain yourself in court. Online activity can be used as evidence of your character or habits. You don’t want something coming back to bite you in your custody battle, for example.
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Social media can be dangerous during a divorce if used incorrectly. Act responsibly when using social media, so you don’t end up hurting yourself in court. If you have any questions regarding your social media activity, get in touch with Attorney Lindsey J. Wilson.
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