Divorcing couples may take to their respective social media pages to vent frustrations. While social media is great for keeping in touch with friends and family, it can prove quite damaging to divorce proceedings. This is especially true in contentious divorces where high-value assets and property are at stake.
According to Forbes, unhindered social media posting during a divorce can give away a lot more than a person intends. For instance, the social network of married couples often include many mutual friends and loved ones. Accordingly, even if an ex-spouse has been deleted from one’s account he or she might still be able to access sensitive information. Recent purchases like vacations and gifts can paint a different financial picture than what a person is alleging in court.
Additionally, couples must remember that social media posts can be used in court to prove an ex-spouse is not being forthcoming about finances or other matters. Even posts that have been previously deleted can be screenshot and saved by the opposing spouse. Also, other digital communications (such as emails and texts) can be submitted as evidence. To this end, the general rule is that divorcing couples should never put anything in writing that could potentially impact the outcome of a divorce.
There are other steps couples can take to ensure social media posting does not have an adverse effect on their divorce. Prevention offers a few helpful tips, including sharing too much information regarding the uglier aspects of a divorce. This can impact the court’s view, as well as potentially impair future professional or job opportunities. It’s also suggested that any posts regarding recent purchases (even seemingly minor ones) should be avoided completely.