Can Social Media Posts be Used against Me in a Divorce?

Social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and beyond have become a mainstay in our lives. And now that we’re all getting out and socializing a lot less – due to the global pandemic – we’re turning to social media more and more. While this isn’t usually a problem, if you’re facing a divorce, you might want to rethink things. Social media tends to have a life of its own, and what you consider an innocent post can go horribly wrong in a heartbeat. If you’re facing a divorce, don’t wait to reach out to an experienced Tampa family law attorney.

The Basics

Let’s review basic etiquette when it comes to social media. Keeping your divorce as amicable as possible is a worthy goal, and the following basics can help:

  • If you can manage it, simply stay off social media altogether. If you don’t post anything, it can’t come back to haunt you.
  • Now is not the time to change your relationship status from married to single – or to anything else. Doing so can feel like salt in a wound and is very unlikely to do you any favors when it comes to your divorce.
  • Make your divorce a taboo topic – neither bring it up nor allude to it in your posts.
  • This should go without saying, but do not disparage your spouse on social media. It’s not only a bad look but can also incite even more discord.
  • Do not think that because your spouse is blocked from your account that he or she will not discover what you’ve posted. This is a very naive stance to take.
  • Skip the pictures altogether. A picture tells a story that is open to interpretation, and now is simply not the time to open your life up to outside scrutiny.
  • If you wouldn’t want the judge in your case or your spouse’s attorney to see the post, skip it – because there is every chance they will.
  • If you’re on the fence about whether a post is appropriate or not, you shouldn’t post it. Now is the time to err on the side of both discretion and caution.
  • If you have any doubts about your ability to keep your posts and online interactions on the right side of your divorce, give social media a pass until your divorce is finalized.

This isn’t rocket science, but it is important. Emotions run high in divorce, and you don’t want to make things more difficult than they already are. Further, a post or picture that you consider funny or that you mean in a tongue-in-cheek way can easily go awry – and can harm your case in the process. We all know at least one story about a humiliating social media mishap, and the best way to ensure that you don’t star in one of these stories is by bypassing social media until you have put your divorce behind you.

Don’t Wait to Consult with an Experienced Tampa Family Law Attorney

Divorce is stressful, but attorney Mark G. Rodriguez at the Law Office of Mark G. Rodriguez, P.A., in Tampa has the experience, focus, and insight to help you avoid blunders and protect your rights throughout. We’re on your side, so please don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at 813-227-9642 today.