Let’s make this clear from the start: YOU ABSOLUTELY SHOULD NOT POST ABOUT YOUR DIVORCE ON SOCIAL MEDIA.
According to a 2010 survey conducted by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 81% of American divorce attorneys had seen a rise in divorce evidence gathered through social media. With this in mind, you should make your best effort to avoid discussing your divorce with anyone but your lawyer and your family, and you should be mindful of what you say to anyone besides your lawyer.
Furthermore, social media accounted for an overwhelming majority (66%) of the evidence gathered. You have to understand the fact that we live in the age of social media, and a growing number of lawyers are tech savvy. You can be sure that your spouse and their attorneys will monitor your social media outlets and dig for dirt.
When you post ugly or nasty things about your ex, you are only handing them ammunition. In order to fully protect yourself, you need to be very careful about what you post on social media. Here are some tips from one of the most accomplished divorce lawyers in Tyler that can help you survive your divorce in the social media age:
- Restrict your privacy settings, and never not post derogatory or emotional things about your spouse.
- Do not post personal details about the proceedings.
- If you are in the midst of a custody dispute, avoid posting your social life.
- Don’t make a public showing of changing your relationship status.
- If you must post anything, limit your subjects to light-hearted subjects, such as silly dog videos, movie trailers, or the perpetual failures of the Houston Texans.
These rules also relate to all social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and Google+. Don’t assume that, just because your ex doesn’t use a platform, that their attorneys won’t do their due diligence and find your posts.
If you don’t trust yourself to avoid sharing divorce details, delete your account, lock it all down to private, or allow someone you trust (like your lawyer) to change your password so that you can temporarily relinquish control. It’ll be given back to you when things are sorted out and your divorce is finalized.
When in doubt, just remember the social media Golden Rule: If you wouldn’t want it repeated out loud, in a court of law, you shouldn’t say it on social media.
Call a Tyler Divorce Attorney Today
If you are considering a divorce you should contact a Tyler divorce attorney. The Texas divorce attorney at The Flowers Law Firm, P.C. stands ready to help. You can receive a free consultation from our family lawyer by calling us at (903) 965-2000, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.