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Social Media & Divorce: What You Need to Know

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The divorce process can be challenging and emotional, and it can be further complicated by the use of social media. In today's digital age, our online presence has become an integral part of our lives, and that means it is crucial to understand how the use of social media can impact divorce cases.

At Berkman Bottger Newman & Schein, we recognize the influence that social media can have on divorce proceedings, and aim to provide you with the guidance necessary to navigate this complex terrain. Continue reading to find out what you need to know. 

The Impact of Social Media in Divorce Cases

Social media platforms provide individuals with an opportunity to express themselves, connect with others, and share their experiences. Despite all of the benefits of social media, social media can become a double-edged sword during divorce proceedings. Here are some ways that social media can impact your divorce case:

  • Evidence Collection: Content that is posted on social media platforms can be used as evidence in divorce proceedings. It is crucial to be mindful of what you share online and recognize that anything you post can be used against you.
  • Privacy Concerns: While it may be tempting to vent, share your frustrations or publicize details about your divorce on social media, you should always consider that your spouse and their legal team may be able to access and view your social media posts.
  • Child Custody: Social media activity can have significant ramifications in custody disputes. Inappropriate or questionable behavior that is displayed on social media can be detrimental to your custody case.

Protecting Yourself on Social Media

Given the potential consequences of social media activity during a divorce matter, it is crucial to take steps to protect yourself. Here are some tips to help you navigate social media during this challenging time:

  • Review Your Privacy Settings: Review and update the privacy settings on your social media platforms on a regular basis to ensure that only trusted individuals are able to access and view your personal information and posts.
  • Think Before You Post: Prior to sharing anything on your social media platforms, take a few moments to think about the potential impact it may have on your divorce case. Avoid posting negative or inflammatory content related to your spouse or the divorce process.
  • Limit Social Media Usage: Taking a break from social media during your divorce can help minimize conflict and reduce stress. Instead, focus on self-care activities and seek support from trusted family members and friends during this time.

Seeking Professional Guidance

Remember, social media presence can have a lasting impact on your divorce case. It is critical to be mindful of your online activity and protect your interests during this process and thereafter.

While these tips can help you navigate social media use during your divorce case, it is essential to seek professional guidance to ensure that your rights and interests are safeguarded. At Berkman Bottger Newman & Schein, our experienced team of attorneys understands the intricacies of social media in divorce cases and can provide you with the support necessary to protect yourself. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you.

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