The majority of adults have at least one social media account, and it can be an easy way to keep in touch with friends and family around the world. Many people post updates about their life events, share photos, and even keep an online journal of their thoughts and feelings. Sharing about your divorce can be therapeutic, but it also can have lasting consequences. Here are 5 reasons to avoid posting about your divorce on social media.
1. Social Media is Difficult to Erase
No matter how hard you try, it is extremely difficult to completely scrub away the online presence of a post. Even if your privacy settings are strict, it still may be screen-capped and shared far beyond your control. It can be difficult to protect your reputation and privacy after a post is shared, and an angry post can be seen by both your current employer and potential future employers, your soon-to-be ex-spouse, and others.
2. Your Spouse May be Looking for Evidence
The division of property is based on what is fair, not what is equal. If your spouse feels that you have wronged them, they may be looking for evidence to support their case. Angry posts about your divorce are difficult to keep hidden, and your spouse may attempt to present them as evidence of abuse or cheating.
3. Posts May be Used Against Your Children
You may do everything you can do to protect your children during the divorce, but their peers and teachers may not. If you post on social media, it is possible that your children’s peers and teachers may see the posts and talk to your children about the divorce, ask questions, or even
bully your children about your divorce.
4. Social Media can Affect Your Division of Property
If you and your spouse are fighting over how property will be divided in your divorce, it can be very harmful to your case to post about raises, new purchases, or a lavish lifestyle. You may be accused of hiding assets or dissipating marital assets.
5. Your Posts Could Have Possible Tax Consequences
Divorce can often lead to significant financial changes, and these may be reflected in your taxes. If the IRS suspects that your tax records aren’t accurate, they may dig deeper to see if you were truthful. Disclosing private financial information about your finances or your spouse’s finances can reflect poorly on you, and if it doesn’t reflect the changes to you reported to the IRS, you may risk unpleasant legal consequences.
Speak to an Ocala Divorce Lawyer Today
Navigating the divorce process is a difficult challenge, both legally and emotionally. Ami L. DiLorenzo, P.A. can help you protect yourself and will work to ensure that your family’s best interests are met. Our Ocala divorce attorney is well-versed in all aspects of divorce, even those that are more complex and require more extensive legal services.