What You Say Can and Will Be Used Against You
Now, more than ever, social media use is a critical factor in many divorce and family law cases. In fact, careless or irresponsible use of social media frequently takes center stage in contested cases. With that in mind, consider the following social media guidelines:
- Don’t discuss your divorce or family law matter on social media. Discourage your friends and family from doing so, as well.
- Don’t criticize or post negative comments or claims about your spouse or other family members.
- Don’t discuss financial matters on social media or post anything about your finances, including new car purchases, expensive vacations, or other major expenditures.
- Don’t post photos of you partying, consuming alcohol or drugs, or participating in any other activity that can be used to question your judgment or character.
- Don’t discuss, disclose or brag about your new relationship.
- Don’t presume your social media post is private or otherwise immune to discovery and disclosure.
Social media use has many benefits, but it can also have significant negative consequences, especially in a divorce or family law matter. To the extent you are unable or unwilling to stop all social media use until your matter is concluded, it’s still best to take a “less is more” approach, and be mindful of the guidelines cited above.