Divorce is an emotional process, and, naturally, when we go through something like a divorce, we want to talk about it. That said, it’s always best to simply speak with a therapist, a trusted family member, or a friend in person about your divorce, instead of posting about it on social media, or even putting anything in writing. In fact, posting on social media during a divorce is one of the worst things you can do. Please continue reading and reach out to a knowledgeable Bergen County divorce attorney from McNerney & McAuliffe to learn more about how social media posts can negatively impact your divorce and how our firm can help you through each step of the process ahead.
Why should I stop posting on social media during my divorce?
Just some of the many reasons why anyone should avoid using social media, and especially posting about their divorce on social media, are as follows:
- You make an otherwise private matter public. Divorce is perhaps the most personal legal matter a person can face. Many of us, when going through a divorce, would prefer that these personal matters are kept private. However, when you post about your divorce on Twitter or Facebook, you’re making an otherwise private matter public. The general public doesn’t need to know the details of your divorce, but if you tell them, they will. Even if your accounts are private, all it takes is a screenshot for them to become public.
- Judges don’t like it. Judges tend to look down on anyone who decides to trash talk their ex on social media. Even if your ex did something terrible, like commit an act of adultery, it’s best to avoid posting about it on social media. Often, this trash talk will only negatively influence the outcome of your divorce. Further, text messages, such as those directed to your spouse, or even those about your spouse, are likely admissible in court, and if a judge sees threatening or harassing text messages, it will reflect very poorly on your character.
- It can negatively impact custody or support arrangements. If you’re requesting financial support of any kind, yet you post pictures of expensive purchases, such as a new car or a lavish vacation, your ex may argue that you don’t truly need support payments. Additionally, if you post pictures of you out partying and are seeking custody of your child, your ex may use those pictures to “prove” that you are parentally unfit in some way.
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