One issue that often rears its head in high-asset divorces is social media. Many people in Scott and Carver counties are accustomed to sharing their every thought, action and feeling on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. Whether you are preparing to go through a high-value divorce or in the middle of tedious battle, you might find it beneficial to watch what you say and share online.
It may seem as if the only people who have anything to lose from oversharing details of their divorce on Facebook or Instagram are celebrities. Anyone who has a large following, especially high-asset couples, risk misinterpretation of their words resulting in negative effects on their divorce settlement. Here are a few things to consider about using social media during the divorce process.
Posts can become evidence
Anything you or your spouse shares on social media may become admissible in court. Avoid making untrue allegations that you cannot back up with evidence. For example, if you are in a bitter custody battle with your ex-partner, you might become so upset about the proceedings that you make a few posts alleging he or she was abusive toward you and the kids.
Once your partner informs the courts of your social media posts, if you are not prepared to provide evidence to support your abuse claims, you might end up having to deal with legal and financial consequences.
Comments could add fuel to the fire
Divorce does not just dissolve marriages; it also divides loyalties in friendships. You may vent about things when you are caught up in the moment. However, you risk posting things that hurt the feelings of your children, family members and friends. Once publicly shared, you cannot take them back.
Remember, anything that you or your spouse share online about your divorce is fair game. Your posts have the power to harm and substantiate. If you decide not to stay off social media during your divorce, carefully evaluate everything you say and do.