Can social media hurt your divorce case?

Can social media hurt your divorce case?

On Behalf of | Sep 1, 2021 | Divorce |

Your posts on social media could negatively affect your divorce proceedings since they are admissible as evidence. For example, angry or hateful comments made towards your ex-spouse can paint you as violent, which may be used against you.

You may think that hiding such posts from your ex-spouse will do the trick, but it’s a small world on the internet. You may find yourself having to explain statements made out of impulse, translating to an undesirable result for your divorce case. Below are some ways social media can harm your case.

By providing clues of hidden assets or other dirty schemes

If you claim you cannot pay alimony, but your social media posts are laden with expensive trips or gifts to friends, it could mean that you are not truthful about your financial position. Such posts may be relied on as evidence that you are hiding assets or refusing to pay spousal support out of spite.

Some social media posts could indicate parental neglect

You may make an innocent post that is overly exaggerated for humor, but it may be misconstrued to mean otherwise. It may then affect certain aspects of your divorce proceedings, like who gets what custodial rights.

By giving credibility to claims of infidelity

While infidelity is not usually considered when determining alimony, social media posts may give credence to such claims. It may affect you if it is ascertained that you spent marital property in your infidelity escapades such as hotel bills or gifts where you may be required to reimburse such property.

The bottom line is that you should never give away any information that could be used against you. It is advisable to limit your time on social media when going through a divorce — it might save you a lot of trouble and ensure a favorable outcome for your divorce case.