It is strongly advised that divorcing couples consider posting their posts on social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. In addition to being entertaining, social media pictures are used as evidence in divorce cases and can create a courtroom frenzy.
Regarding social media posting during divorce proceedings, the hard and fast rule is to avoid it altogether. In court, anything you choose not to post cannot be used against you. In particular, you must avoid interacting with your ex-spouse or friends of your spouse and from sharing any pictures of yourself that can harm your legal situation. Visiting The Harris Firm, LLC, can help you determine what not to post on social media during your divorce.
What to keep in mind while using social media during divorce
Couples undergoing a divorce might be eager to delete unpleasant pictures, comments, or even their entire social media profile. There are two primary explanations for why you should not eliminate social media content:
Reason 1: In court, erasing interactions, photos, or social media accounts might be considered spoliation (the legal word for deleting evidence). As previously stated, social media posts are evidence during a court dispute.
Reason 2: You should delete the picture of you with dirty hair and a frown. If you remove it, the other side might claim you were drunk rather than that you had an awful hair day.
Digital forensics may recover data that has been deleted. Consult your divorce attorney if you are worried about your social media sites. Updating your passwords is an intelligent move, especially if you think your ex-spouse could have access to your accounts.
During the divorce process, if you have to share on social media, refrain from sharing offensive, immoral, or unlawful comments or images. Posts that depict you doing drugs, consuming alcohol, or gambling, for example, will be used against you in court.
Posts showing excessive drinking or partying may indicate that you are not a responsible parent to the judge or opposing lawyers. These posts can convince the judge to grant you less custody time.
Do not lie
One lie on social media or an incorrect statement to lawyers will instantly destroy your credibility with the court. You also expose yourself to the risk of being found convicted of perjury and suffering contempt in court. Lying is going to make it more difficult for you to win your divorce or child custody case.