California spouses often use their social media accounts to post pictures of their kids, reconnect with old friends, inform family of what they’re doing and meet new people. They may also use these accounts as an outlet for frustration and concerns, including during their divorce. While it’s normal to want to vent and post about current life events, it is actually best to avoid any type of social media platform during this time.
Anything posted on social media can easily be used by the other spouse. For example, a picture of a vacation or new purchase could be used as proof of an attempt to hide marital assets. A post expressing frustration could be misconstrued and taken out of context, used to prove false allegations of a poor temperament and unfit parenting.
It’s prudent to assume that even a private account is not truly private. Social media posts can be used in contentious battles over property division and child custody. The other party’s legal counsel may try and use anything said or any pictures posted to prove poor character, illegal activity, unreported income and assets, and much more. Social media can make an already complex process even more difficult.
During a divorce, it is best to avoid saying and doing certain things, including posting on social media. This is a practical and easy way to protect personal interests during a high-stakes and contentious divorce. Instead of expressing frustrations online, it is beneficial to work closely with an experienced California family law attorney to pursue specific goals.