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Using Social Media During a Divorce Case: Dos and Don'ts

No doubt you have at least 3 social media platforms downloaded on your phone right now. Did you know those apps and the things you post on them could have a huge impact on more than just your follower count?

Believe it or not, the information you post on social media can have significant ramifications on many family law cases, including divorce, child custody, and alimony disputes. Here are some of our suggestions for using your social media accounts wisely during any family law case.

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Using social media during a family law case can have a negative impact on the proceedings!

The "Dos" of using social media during your divorce case

1. Get the Thumbs Up

Before you post ANYTHING on social media during a family law case, it's crucial to consult with your attorney. They can provide specific guidance and help you understand how your online activity may affect your case. Your attorney can advise you on what to share and what to avoid.

2. Hold Your Tongue

While it may be tempting to vent about your ex-spouse or your family law situation online, remember that what you say can be used against you. Be cautious about sharing negative or inflammatory posts. If you feel the need to post on your accounts during your case, we recommend using your social media as a positive outlet, where you focus on your personal growth and well-being.

3. Adjust Privacy Settings

Check your privacy settings on your social media accounts. Limit the audience who can see your posts and information. However, remember that even with strict privacy settings, your posts can still be obtained through legal channels, so always exercise discretion.

4. Document All Relevant Information

If there are issues related to your family law case that you believe should be addressed in court, document them privately and share them with your attorney. They can guide you on how to use this information within the legal process.

The "Don'ts" of using social media during your divorce case

1. Don't Share Too Much Personal Information

Avoid sharing intimate details of your personal life or your family law case online. This includes financial information, custody disputes, and personal conflicts. Sharing too much can be detrimental to your case.

2. Don't Badmouth the Other Party

Negative comments or derogatory remarks about your ex-spouse or the other party involved in your family law case can backfire. It's best to maintain a respectful and professional online presence, refraining from personal attacks or criticism.

3. Don't Violate Court Orders

If the court has issued orders related to your case, such as restraining orders or visitation schedules, it's essential to comply with them. Posting content that violates court orders can lead to legal consequences.

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Before posting on social media, consult with your attorney!

Social media can have a significant impact on family law cases in any jurisdiction. To protect your interests, consult with your family law attorney, exercise discretion, and follow the dos and don'ts outlined in this post.

By being mindful of your online activity, you can avoid potential pitfalls and maintain a favorable position in your family law case. Remember that your attorney is your best resource for navigating this complex terrain, so don't hesitate to seek their guidance!

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