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Don’t let your social media use tank your divorce case

On Behalf of | Apr 1, 2024 | Divorce

Divorce can sometimes bring out the very worst behavior in couples. The pain and anger they feel can cause them to lash out at their soon-to-be exes — and one of the easiest outlets for this release is social media.

But while that reaction may be understandable, it is also counterproductive for a good outcome from your Texas divorce. Read on to learn why using restraint with social media is always the better course of action during a divorce.

It paints an unrealistic picture of your life

It’s natural to post the best photos of yourself online. No one wants to post pictures of themselves wearing an oil-stained T-shirt or with their hair in disarray. But sharing photos of you smiling on a windswept beach could give the impression that you don’t need spousal support since you could afford to jet off on a tropical vacation.

If you put it in writing, it can be subpoenaed

Venting about your divorce and harsh feelings toward your co-parent should not be done via email, text or message. These supposedly private communications between friends or even relatives could potentially be used as evidence against you in a particularly nasty divorce or custody battle.

To that end, you also don’t want pictures of you with a bottle of beer or a glass of wine in your hand when the children are with you (or even when they’re not). Your ex could allege that you have a substance abuse problem that precludes your getting custody of the minor children.

Discretion is your friend when divorcing

If you don’t want to back off social media entirely, be responsible and discreet with your posts. Set your privacy to the highest levels and never post anything you would struggle to defend later in court.