Social media has become a part of the fabric of our society. It is nearly everywhere, and nearly every one of us has at least one social media account. Of course, social media has many positive aspects, such as allowing us to stay in contact with one another. However, there are various downsides to having social media, including the fact that anything you put in writing will become part of the public record forever, even if you delete it. That being said, if you are someone who is going through the divorce process, it is in your best interests to avoid posting on social media for a wide array of reasons. Please continue reading and speak with our experienced New Jersey divorce attorneys to learn more.
How can social media impact the outcome of a divorce?
To start, you should never talk trash about your ex on social media, under any circumstances. Even if you believe your ex is the reason for the dissolution of your marriage, it is always a bad idea to post about it. Courts look down on this sort of behavior, and, in many cases, posting about your ex can negatively impact the outcome of your divorce.
That being said, you should also be aware of seemingly-innocent posts, as even those can drastically impact your divorce. For example, if you are seeking spousal support, yet you post a picture of a new car, an expensive dinner with friends, a recent vacation, or otherwise, there is a very good chance your ex’s attorney will challenge whether you truly require such support if you are able to afford those luxuries.
Additionally, you should absolutely refrain from posting about any new romantic relationships, as even if you began one long after you and your spouse separated, there is a very good chance that your former spouse will accuse you of adultery in court, which, under certain circumstances, may affect the outcome of your divorce.
Finally, in many cases, making certain posts can also affect your child custody agreement. For example, let’s say you post a picture of you drinking with your friends, either at a party or on a night out, your former spouse may allege you have a substance problem, or, at the very least, that you have poor judgment, which can sway the court into deciding your child custody agreement in your ex’s favor.
The bottom line is that, if possible, you should stay away from posting on social media altogether until your divorce is completely finalized. If you have any additional questions or you are ready to get started, give us a call today.
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