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How can social media affect divorce?

On Behalf of | Oct 17, 2022 | Divorce

In all likelihood, social media is a normal part of your everyday life. It may seem completely natural to post about the latest goings-on for your family, friends and followers to see, but this can severely backfire on you while in the midst of a divorce.

Anything you post on social media can be evidence against you when determining matters in divorce. Social media posts are not private and are thus admissible as evidence during divorce litigation.

Insults and gossip paint you as an aggressor

You might feel that your social media account is a safe place to vent frustrations concerning your soon-to-be ex-spouse, especially if you think that only your closest friends will see it. However, it is quite likely that your spouse and their legal team will discover your posts and use them to paint you in an unfavorable light. This can be a particular detriment to you if you are vying for child custody, as the court might not see you as a favorable guardian if you seem unable to be amicable with your ex-spouse.

Relationship updates can affect marital assets

Posting about your new romantic partner while you are in the midst of a divorce can call into question whether or not you are spending marital assets on a different relationship. Similarly, showing off a big purchase can also raise questions next time you are in court. Keep in mind that in matters of asset division, Tennessee favors equitable distribution over a strictly 50-50 distribution ideology.

Social media is a convenient way to communicate with your network of friends. Even so, it is important to think twice before posting anything you would not want a lawyer to read in a courtroom.


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