Be Careful Of What You Post
People share so many aspects of their personal lives on social media, from fun family vacations to difficult personal challenges. Divorce, however, is something that should cause those going through it to reconsider their social media habits. While difficult in today’s connected society, avoiding social media altogether should be one of your goals during your divorce.
Posts Can Be Used Against You
Since social media is a public tool, anything that you say or post can be viewed, captured, and potentially used against you in your case. Posts that badmouth your spouse, no matter how accurate you may believe they are, can be presented to a judge and can put you in a bad light in the eyes of the court.
Posts that may seem completely innocent, such as pictures of a night out with friends or a post about a new purchase, may also be used against you. For example, posting about a purchase such as a new car or something else substantial could potentially impact any possible child support or alimony payments.
Many studies have been conducted to show the connection between social media usage and mental health, and those studies show that lengthy social media usage per day can actually have a negative impact on your overall mental wellbeing. If you are going through a difficult time such as divorce, you may begin to compare your situation to that of the friends going on vacations or announcing new relationships.
Rather than allow yourself to feel negative emotions during an already challenging time, staying off social media removes the temptation to allow comparison to steal your joy.
Take Steps to Protect Yourself
Divorce is difficult, and social media can add to the obstacles already in your path. Take the necessary steps to protect yourself and your case by logging off social media for the length of your divorce.
Hiring an attorney is also a great way to protect yourself and your rights throughout your divorce. At The Law Office of Jason R. Carpenter, we aim to defend our clients’ rights while caring for their needs at each step of the legal process.
Call our Pennsylvania family law office today at (717) 537-0928 or visit our website to schedule your consultation.