Maybe you are comfortable with the way you share your life on social media. However, because of how intertwined many people’s off-screen and online lives are in this digital age, your digital profiles may work against you during a divorce.
Being cordial with your spouse leading up to your divorce won’t stop their legal team from looking for evidence to help them and not you. And they are going to be looking everywhere. Which is why remaining inactive on social media might help you receive a fair share of custody, the marital estate and other resources.
Proof is in the postings
It’s likely that a judge will view posts you take for granted as evidence that you are an unfit parent or that you don’t need spousal support. For instance, a court might misinterpret frequent photo posts of you out with friends or text posts complaining about your children or ex. Since they don’t know how capable and responsible you are in real life, this could sway a judge into granting your spouse to be a custodial parent over you. Similarly, updating your Instagram feed with photos of flashy outfits when you are hoping to receive alimony isn’t a great idea either.
Take a break
Even if your social accounts are private or you aren’t friends with your spouse on the accounts anymore, it might be beneficial to temporarily disable each of your profiles until the divorce is final. There could be snippets or screenshots your ex already collected or mutual friends could be keeping a watch on your social media presence on behalf of your ex. But laying low in the meantime can help set you up for the future you deserve. Besides, through gaining more personal life privacy, you might also find that a social media break gives you back many hours you used to spend mindlessly scrolling through feeds.