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The pitfalls of using social media while in a divorce

It may be very tempting for Texas residents in a divorce to take to social media to rant about their ex or their divorce. However, that short rant could prove costly in the long run. It is important to remember that social media is not private, and, even if someone has blocked an ex, there are still ways an ex can see that information and use it in the divorce.

Appearances can play a major role in the outcome of a divorce. If someone is seeking alimony and telling a judge that they need the money to live, a picture of them spending money they claim not to have on vacations or other luxuries can be damaging. Words can also make someone look bad. Defaming an ex or using bad language on social media can paint a person in a different light than the reality. Talking poorly about an ex on social media can have consequences in child custody disputes if a judge believes the comments could be damaging to a child.

While it is important to be wary of what someone puts on social media, once something is posted, deleting it can create bigger issues. Deleting or otherwise destroying evidence can create legal problems potentially worse than those the original post would have caused.

There are many ways to cause divorce issues on social media, but taking the time to consider the consequences of a post can help reduce the risk. Ideally, one should not use social media during their divorce to prevent anything they do or say from being taken out of context and used against them. However, those who must continue using social media should not post about their ex or divorce and be mindful of how other posts may look. Those who have questions about the implications of social media on a divorce may wish to contact a family law attorney for guidance.

Source: The Huffington Post, "The Divorce Mistakes You Don't Even Know You're Making", Taryn Hillin, March 18, 2014

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