Before receiving their medical licenses, doctors must pledge to not harm their patients. If contemplating a divorce, you may want to take a similar approach. That is, you do not want to do anything that harms your chances of receiving either your fair share of marital property or custody of your children.
Social media has become increasingly popular in recent years. While there is nothing inherently wrong with posting to your social media accounts, some posts may complicate your divorce. Here are three ways your online presence may make the dissolution of your marriage more difficult:
1. Posting about your children
If you have children, you likely want to pursue some type of custody during your divorce. In Texas, judges grant custody according to what is in the kids’ best interest. If your social media posts reflect bad parenting or behaviors that may put your children in danger, you may have a tough time convincing a judge to award you custody.
3. Photographing lavish spending
Many users on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter seem to be having a great time. Still, according to some experts, social media is mostly fake. Even though posting photos of your expensive new watch or exotic vacation may seem like a good way to show you are better off without your spouse, evidence of lavish spending may also make you seem like you can pay more in spousal support than you can actually afford.
4. Complaining about your spouse
While venting to your followers about your spouse’s behavior may seem harmless, doing so may prove disastrous. As such, you should likely stay quiet about both your partner and your divorce. Remember, even if you modify privacy settings in an attempt to keep your posts discrete, you simply cannot guarantee that something you say about your soon-to-be-ex-spouse remains private.
Taking a hiatus from social media until your divorce concludes is likely a good way to avoid making the end of your marriage more complicated. Still, you may not have to quit social media altogether. By understanding how social media may affect your divorce, you can better protect your legal interests.