Social media apps are arguably the most popular form of electronic entertainment
today. It seems virtually everyone in the country, from little kids to
gray elders, uses social media constantly. Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter,
Instagram, and more dominate the screens of our smartphones and tablets.
But when going through a
divorce, you should learn to kick this popular habit.
Your Social Media Life is Public
Anything that goes onto a social media “wall” is public. You
can make all your profile settings “private” and try to keep
things away from prying eyes, but this does not change the fact that you
are technically and legally making public posts. As numerous
family law courts have held in the past, a post is public as long as anyone else at all
can access it. Since every social media app has behind-the-scenes people
scanning posts for illegal activities, every social media app is public.
The openness of social media can be problematic when you are in a divorce.
Your spouse and their legal representation is free to crawl through your
posts to look for something that might hurt you in the divorce proceedings.
For example, if you are constantly posting pictures of yourself at wild
parties, then those images could be used as convincing evidence as to
why you should not be given
child custody. Judges
must rule in favor of the best interests of a child, and a party-going mother
or father does not seem, at first glance, to be a responsible parent.
How to Close Down Social Media for Now
The best thing to do to prevent posting something that could be misconstrued
against you in your divorce is to simply not post anything at all. Just
stop using social media to post updates, pictures, and more. You can still
use it to privately communicate with people, as this is often quite difficult
to access without a judge’s permission, but still be careful of
what you say and share. Basically, do not use social media or any other
online format to vent about your ex, or talk disparagingly about them.
You should also not outright delete your social media accounts, as this
looks suspicious. Many people choose to let a trusted family member or
close friend change their social media passwords. When the divorce is
finalized, they are given those new passwords, effectively locking them
out for the time being.
For more information about divorce and legal counsel to get you through it, call
904.770.3141 to contact Owenby Law, P.A. Our Jacksonville divorce attorneys have more
than a decade of legal experience helping people through complex and high-stakes
family law disputes. Request your
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