In the age of omnipresent social media, it is natural that some couples will take to posting on Twitter, Facebook, and other sites while they are going through a divorce. Some studies have even shown that apps such as Facebook play a role in an increasing number of divorces. But what, if anything, is appropriate to post and what recourse do you have when your spouse starts sharing negative information?
Actions to Take on Social Media During a Divorce
The best advice is for both parties to stay off social media during a divorce. Taking a step back can be healthy for your mental state and allow you to focus on your family and future. If you do choose to post, refrain from saying anything negative about your spouse or their family and friends. Don’t post updates about how your divorce is proceeding, rather keep your posts positive.
It may be a good time to search the web for any pictures or posts of yourself that you don’t want to be shown anymore. It is also a good idea to pull back from sharing too much information by increasing your privacy settings and changing or hiding your relationship status. Once the divorce is over and any hostility may have calmed down, you can always relax the settings again and update your status.
If your spouse, their friends, or others decide to make their case through posts or start smearing your name, it may be tempting to strike back. Unless the posts rise to the level of a threat, there are few immediate actions that can be taken. However, this type of behavior can be taken into account by the court during a divorce proceeding. Any information included in the posts that is inconsistent with the information presented in the court could influence spousal support payments, marital property division, and even the allocation of parental responsibilities. It could also show evidence of a pattern of behavior which could bolster your case. It is important to document the information through screenshots or other means of preserving the original posts.
Contact a Naperville Divorce Attorney
Going through a divorce can be a stressful and emotional time for any person. Social media usage may only exacerbate those feelings. At Calabrese Associates, P.C., our DuPage County family law attorneys can and help you take action if your spouse starts posting inappropriate or incriminating information. We can also discuss your own activities and when it may be appropriate to log off or slow your activity for a while. Call 630-393-3111 to set up your initial consultation.