How Social Media Can Affect Your Divorce

If you are going through a divorce, it's important to be extremely careful about the things you post on social media such as Facebook and Instagram. Your statements and photographs could end up being used as evidence in your divorce case.

At The Law Office of Patricia A. Hendrickson, based in Huntington Beach, California, our lawyers are here to protect your interests during and after your divorce. Call 714-362-2413 for a free initial consultation about the use of social media by you or your spouse.

How Will It Look In Court?

Before you post anything on social media, you should ask yourself how it could be used in court. Here are some examples:

  • A photograph of you drinking could be used to show you abuse alcohol.
  • A photograph of you with a boyfriend or girlfriend could be used as evidence you had an affair.
  • Making disparaging remarks about your spouse on social media could make settlement negotiations more difficult. It could also make you appear as an unfit parent.
  • Posts about your business dealings or finances could affect marital property division.

Even posts you consider harmless could be interpreted by your spouse's lawyer to mean something you never intended. For this reason, the most sensible decision may be to stay off social media entirely during your divorce. Many divorce lawyers seek copies of the other side's social media posts through the discovery process. Even if you remove posts, copies of those can often be recovered.

In the same way your posts may be used to your disadvantage during your divorce, your soon-to-be ex's posts may provide evidence that helps your case.

For More Information About Social Media And Divorce

To discuss Facebook, Instagram and social media in the context of a divorce with one of our knowledgeable attorneys, call 714-362-2413 or complete our simple contact form to schedule a free initial consultation.