If you’re like many people, you have social media accounts. Maybe you have a Facebook page, or a Twitter feed, or a Google+ profile.
However, if you’re going through a divorce, it’s a good idea to keep those profiles locked-down… or, ideally, don’t use them to share news about your divorce or your new life.
Once you post something on the Internet, it’s there forever—and it could become public, even if you don’t intend for that to happen.
Statistics Say You Should Forego Facebook if You’re Divorcing Your Spouse
As many as 81 percent of the members of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers have used or have encountered evidence taken from social media websites. The biggest culprit? Facebook, according to the attorneys; 66 percent of the lawyers surveyed said that was the most frequently cited site.
Certainly when you’re going through a divorce, it’s tough not to look at your ex’s social media profiles—but remember, he or she is looking at yours, too.
That means you can’t post negative comments about your ex, and you certainly shouldn’t post photos of you out on the town (especially if it’s your weekend with the kids). Everything you put on Facebook, Twitter, or even Pinterest could be used against you during your divorce—or worse, your children could see it.
Can You Still Use Social Media if You’re Going Through a Divorce?
Any Wisconsin divorce lawyer will tell you that if you choose to use your social media profiles to catch up with friends and family, that’s great—but you’ll need to be careful about the types of things you’re sharing with the whole world. You never know who’s looking (or who’s taking screen shots of your comments, photos or status updates).
Divorce is Tough, but We Can Help
If you’re contemplating divorce, call us at 414-383-6700 for a consultation. If it’s easier, you can also contact us online. We’ve helped several clients through this difficult time, and we’ll be happy to assist you in any way we can.