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Does social media play a significant role during a divorce?

On Behalf of | May 20, 2024 | DIVORCE - Divorce |

In today’s digital age, social media has become prevalent in our daily existence, often serving as a mirror reflecting its users’ personal milestones, challenges and everyday affairs. As such, it can play a substantial role in various life events, such as marriages and divorces.

While many understand that social media can be a platform to celebrate happy moments like marriages, many wonder what its role is in divorces.

Where social media stands in divorce

While it is not always the case, social media can play a significant role during a divorce in various ways, such as the following:

  • Court evidence: Content posted on social media can form part of evidence in divorce proceedings. This may include photos, status updates or messages that could indicate abuse, infidelity, irresponsible behavior or financial information that contradicts what one party has disclosed.
  • Settlement impact: Posts that show a lavish lifestyle, new purchases or regular vacations can affect settlement results on spousal support and property division if they contradict claims of financial hardship.
  • Privacy concerns: Privacy can be compromised if friends or followers share information with the other party in a divorce, especially in cases involving domestic violence. Even with strict privacy settings, others can leak information, even unintentionally.

In case of uncertainty, it is usually advisable to consult with a legal representative knowledgeable in the ins and outs of the divorce process on how to manage or approach social media during the proceedings.

It is important for individuals going through a divorce to be aware of the potential impact of their online presence and to manage their social media accounts responsibly during such times.