Social media is an important part of daily life. These online forums allow us to contact friends and family across great distances, share events from our lives and find groups of like-minded people who share our opinions and beliefs. But have you ever regretted posting something on social media?
Social media may help forge connections, but many users forget their posts are very public. If you are currently involved in legal proceedings, like divorce, you will want to avoid making mistakes on social media. In the modern era, errors we make online can show up in court.
Top 5 social media mistakes
During civil proceedings, your public activity may come under scrutiny. Though social media may allow you access to your support system and blow off steam, it may be more trouble than its worth. These are the top 5 mistakes you can make when going through a divorce:
- Insulting your spouse: Many people post long-winded emotional rants on social media to seek support and work through their thoughts. Should these posts contain information concerning your spouse, do not be surprised to face a libel suit if you had posted any false information.
- “Fun” photos: Connecting with loved ones is vital during divorce but be careful showing off on social media. Your spouse’s lawyer might take photos out of context and use them as evidence of infidelity or your unfitness as a parent.
- Posting your location: If your divorce involves an accusation of domestic violence or abusive behavior, do not post your location on social media. An abusive spouse may try to find you.
- Weak privacy filters: Many couples share circles of friends both in real life and online. Double-check your privacy filters before posting to make sure you can trust those on your approved list. Someone may want to share your post with your spouse.
- Open accounts: The biggest mistake is leaving social media accounts active. During legal proceedings, you should temporarily close your accounts for the duration of the suit.
Anticipating divorce? A lawyer can help you prepare
Before filing for divorce, you can bring your questions to a local attorney familiar with Arkansas family law. A lawyer can assess your case, offer advice on your online presence and draft a comprehensive divorce agreement.