Anything shared on social media is public information which can be used against you in a divorce. Even private messages or posts could eventually find their way to your soon to be ex-spouse, potentially impacting your ability to negotiate a favorable settlement agreement.
Social Media Don’ts During Divorce
- Although it might be tempting, avoid complaining about your spouse on social media.
- Keep you financial information to yourself. Do not share your recent purchases as this might be construed to mean you have unreported assets or income that could impact marital property division or support payments.
- Do not share pictures of a weekend trip away or dining out at fancy restaurant while the divorce is ongoing. The court may view this as the dissipation of marital assets impacting the divorce settlement.
- If you are a parent, do not share posts that call your parental fitness into question. Pictures of partying with friends using alcohol or drugs can be used against you if you are engaged in a custody dispute.
As a general rule of thumb, it is best to avoid using social media during a divorce. If you share a computer or other devices with your spouse, it is a good idea to change your passwords to maintain your privacy.
If you are considering divorce and have questions regarding marital property division, child custody, child or spousal support or any other family law matters, contact the Wisconsin family law attorneys at Probst Law Offices for immediate assistance and a free phone consultation at 414-210-3135.