Divorce And Social Media

Social Media Use During A Divorce

In recent years, an increasing amount of evidence from social media sites has been introduced in divorce proceedings. Social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Myspace, personal blogs and online dating websites can provide your ex-spouse with the evidence he or she needs to obtain more marital property, higher alimony payments, and custody over minor children.

At the Huntsville, Alabama, law office of Shelley L. Bilbrey, PC, our attorneys counsel clients on the appropriate use of social media during the divorce process. We review our clients' social media profiles to make sure their postings don't imply infidelity and can't be misinterpreted to paint them as bad parents and partners.

Tips For Social Media Use

Don't vent online — Writing negative comments about your soon-to-be-ex-spouse will only increase hard feelings and lessen the effectiveness of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms such as mediation. These comments can be used against you in divorce proceedings and negatively affect child custody decisions.

Change your passwords — During a divorce, privacy protection becomes even more important. If your spouse has log-in information for any of your email accounts or online profiles, change the passwords.

Limit your status updates — Posting messages about where you are and who you are with, as well as photographs, can be misconstrued when taken out of context.

Don't "check-in" — Many social media tools allow you to "check-in" at different venues, including bars and restaurants. A series of "check-ins" can be used to show a pattern of irresponsible behavior during child custody proceedings.

Sharing: less is more — Be cautious about the type and amount of information you share. Blog posts and other online postings can be misconstrued to show emotional instability or poor life choices.

Distance yourself online — Block or "de-friend" your spouse and people who contribute to contention. Not only will distance help you heal emotionally, but limited interaction between you and your spouse will help prevent new arguments from arising in the future.

Think before you text — Text messages and emails can be preserved. Limit electronic interactions between you and your spouse to ensure communications cannot be used against you in later litigation.

For information about divorce and social media, contact the divorce lawyers at the law office of Shelley L. Bilbrey, PC, at 256-288-0704.

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