Social media invades almost every aspect of society, including divorce. Not only does it contribute to many separations, but it also can appear in the proceedings as a way of presenting evidence to the court. If you are going through a divorce, you might want to consider ways your spouse could use social media against you.
Prove financial stability
No one actually publishes their income on Facebook or Twitter, but you might share pictures of a trip overseas. Your LinkedIn profile might demonstrate a different portrait of your work than what you present in court documents. If you are claiming not to have any income but get a new car, you could be in trouble.
Texas may have a no-fault divorce, but evidence of cheating might affect you when determining spousal support. If you are on a dating site before the finalization of your divorce, you are risking potential issues in your case.
Child custody issues
Posting pictures of partying when you are supposed to have the children can also come back to bite you. It can show that you are unfit to have your children. Maybe you should be looking for work, but you keep posting status updates of other activities.
Prevent the use of social media against you
Follow two rules for social media use. First, be honest with what you present to the court in legal documents. Second, do not put anything on social media that you would be uncomfortable sharing in court. Some people recommend staying away from social media until after settling the divorce.
Remember that social media use goes both ways. When you are in a high-conflict or complex divorce, you might be able to show that your spouse is misrepresenting himself or herself in court documents. Before accessing private information, you should get legal advice to make sure the evidence is admissible.