Social media creates concerns during divorces

On Behalf of | Jul 5, 2022 | Divorce |

Social media has many benefits, including being a cost-free and easy way to communicate with others. However, it may be wise to cut back on social media activity when going through a divorce. At the very least, estranged West Virginia spouses could use their judgment to avoid making statements on social media that might hurt their case.

Social media could upend divorce proceedings

Anything someone posts publicly on social media may become evidence in a family law court proceeding. Even when the meaning of a post or message is ambiguous or an attempt at humor, the content could complicate a trial or settlement negotiations. For example, someone claiming they feel healthier than ever after claiming to be too ill to work a full schedule might find those words prove haunting when trying to negotiate to pay less support than a spouse requests.

Divorcing spouses might need to ask themselves whether posting on social media is necessary. Perhaps staying off social media or drastically limiting its use could be best. At the very least, avoiding making angry, resentful and unhelpful posts may be advisable. Venting might help someone feel better at a particular moment, but livid behavior could have consequences.

Further issues regarding divorce and social media

Behaving oneself online could be prudent for those hoping to avoid a stressful, combative divorce. The other spouse might have a different attitude, and it may be worthwhile to check the spouse’s social media behavior. If the spouse makes angry or threatening posts online, bringing such comments to the court’s attention may be necessary. Social media behavior might support a spouse’s petition for a protection order.

Keeping tabs on any children’s social media posts may give insights into the child’s mental state. The child’s posts could also reveal any problems a spouse may cause, such as attempts to drive wedges between the child and the other parent.

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