Divorce and Social Media: Do’s and Don’ts

by Resolve Conflict on February 6, 2019

Divorce and Social Media: Do’s and Don’ts - Resolve Conflict Family LawyersThere is no doubt that we as a nation are spending more and more time on social media; posting, liking, commenting, messaging, snapping and tweeting. However, if you are going through a divorce you need to be aware of the potential hazards of social media that can deliver serious repercussions and unexpected consequences.

Here are the top Do’s and Don’ts of social media whist going through a divorce;

DO:

Think before you post

Social media posts are often included in evidence, so if you are involved or going to be involved in Court proceedings, be very mindful what you post on social media as anything you post may be used again you. Don’t allow social media to set the narrative of who you are as a person or as a parent.

Have a social media detox

Even better than thinking before you post is to stop using social media platforms altogether until your divorce is finalised. If you don’t post anything, then it can’t be used against you.

Update you passwords and security settings

Update your passwords and security settings, so others can’t tag you in post that may be detrimental. Remember, even with the highest privacy settings, do not assume that anything you say online is truly private.

Related Article: Secrets To A Successful Divorce

DON’T:

Delete your social profiles or content

Deleting your social accounts or content could be illegal or spoliation of evidence, furthermore nothing is ever really deleted online and can be found.

Don’t discuss the Court proceedings online

Do not say anything negative about your spouse, their lawyer, any mediator, any evaluator and especially not the judge. Even if you believe that one of these people has made a major mistake. If your case, was decided wrongly, there is a short time to appeal. If there are problems, discuss them with your lawyer.

Don’t access your partner social media accounts

No matter if you were once give access and permission to your spouse’s social media accounts in the past, it is considered illegal to access someone else’s password protected account and any ‘evidence’ you may find in this way could be inadmissible in Court or used to discredit you if obtained in this way.

 

Note: This is general information advice only and does not constitute specific legal advice. If you would like further information in relation to this matter or other legal matters, please contact us on 03 9620 0088 or email info@resolveconflict.com.au

 

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