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Why You Should Stay Off Social Media During Your Divorce

If you are like most other people, chances are you enjoy using social media and probably have an account for every major platform, such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. These are all fun ways to connect with others, network, and share in ways you might not be able to in person. Unfortunately, if you are in the midst of a divorce, continuing to remain active and engaged in social media can ultimately harm the outcome of your divorce settlement. How can something so seemingly innocuous have such detrimental ramifications? Read on to find out.

Below is a list of the main reasons why you should stay logged out of social media for the time being:

  • Pictures say a lot more than words: Many of us who use social media tend to share a lot of pictures and, of course, a picture is often worth a thousand words. If you post pictures of yourself that depict you partaking in bad or reckless behavior and you are also vying for custody of your children, a judge might not be so inclined to award you the rights you are seeking if it appears you are an unfit parent. Avoid posting any pictures that could be perceived in a negative light.
  • Spending habits can be seen: Sure, you are not posting the price tag for everything you buy and you are very likely not telling everyone online how much your annual salary is, but a lot can be assumed from posts that can potentially relate to your finances. For example, if you go on a trip to France, but claim to be unable to pay spousal support, a judge might think you are a liar.
  • Secrets can be exposed: You probably share a lot of mutual friends with your ex-spouse and attempting to detangle this web can be near impossible, especially if you spent several years together. Therefore, you might not know where a person’s loyalty lies. You can unfriend your ex-spouse, but there is no guarantee that one of his or her friends will not share the information or pictures that you post, despite your attempts to make it private. Additionally, without even intending to harm you, your friends and family might mention personal details about your or tag pictures of you. Ask that they respect your privacy at this time and refrain making any posts about you or your life.
  • Posts are permanent: Even if you delete your posts, they are never truly gone forever, especially if someone took the time to screenshot it. Make sure you think twice before you post. If you would not want a judge to see it, or you are unsure about it, simply do not post it. A lot is at stake and a silly social media post is not going to make up for what you can potentially lose.

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If you and your spouse can no longer make the marriage work and have decided to move forward with a divorce, now is the time to reach out to Shapiro Law Group in Atlanta for the exceptional representation you need during this undoubtedly emotional and difficult experience. Our legal team will do what it takes to ensure the process goes smoothly and you are able to obtain the favorable outcome you are seeking.

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