These are some social media don’ts for during the divorce process, as advised by an experienced Brooklyn divorce attorney.
1. Don’t Post Anything About Your Partner
If you say anything derogatory or defamatory, it can cause legal problems. Plus, anything that’s posted online tends to live forever. Think about your children reading your comments about their other parent.
2. Don’t Forget Your Privacy Settings
Do everything you can to make your social media accounts as secure as possible. Don’t make the assumption that because you’re part of a “private” or “secret” online group that the posts you make cannot be uncovered by your ex-spouse or their attorney. When in doubt, don’t post. For everything else, select the highest possible security settings.
3. Don’t Post Intimate Photos or Videos
Sometimes the urge to get revenge on a spouse overrides good sense. This leads to intimate photos or videos that were captured in happier times to be posted for public consumption. Such actions may be legally actionable, and they can have unintended consequences for you and your ex-spouse.
4. Don’t Post Before You Think
Weigh whatever you want to post before you hit that final button. Are you upset or angry? Wait until you’re calm before you decide to post. This not only leads to fewer regrets but also ensures that you don’t jeopardize your divorce case.
5. Don’t Snoop
Resist the temptation to go through your spouse’s social media accounts. You may see things that are hurtful or angry or that make you want to retaliate. Stay out of their accounts to preserve your peace of mind.