Welcome back and thanks for joining us for this chat about things you should never post online during your divorce. As we’ve mentioned many times before, once it’s online, you can never take it back, and you can’t control who sees it or how it’s used. Which means you have to be really careful about how you choose to represent yourself online during your divorce process. In the previous article we explained three things you should never post online, namely anything that makes you look unbalanced, or like a bad parent, or suggests that you’re in a new relationship. But those aren’t the only things to avoid. Here are three more things you should never put on social media during a divorce…
Never post anything on social media that:
… you wouldn’t want the whole world to know about!
You have no way of knowing what’s going to be read by your spouse’s defense attorney (assume it’s everything) and what’s going to be used to build a case against you. So when you’re scrolling and swiping and sharing online, remember that every single thing you put out there represents you in some way. Inappropriate comments, highly sexualized selfies, cuss words, all of it. Even if it has nothing to do with you personally, and doesn’t affect your children in any way, it can still be used to construct a representation of you that tells a story. And depending on what you put out there, the story might not cast you in a very good light. So be extra careful.
… rude, unkind, or vicious about your ex (even if they deserve it!)
Your ex may be the worst person you know. They might be the meanest, most ignorant, barbaric piece of trash you’ve ever had the misfortune of meeting. But if that’s your opinion (and even if it’s completely justified) don’t put that online! Don’t trash talk your ex on social media, no matter how deserved the remarks are. Don’t make mean comments on their posts, post twitter updates about how much better off you are now that you’ve moved on, or call them names. It might make you feel better in the moment, but it also makes you look petty and mean, which your spouse’s attorney can use to show the Judge that you’re not a good person. And you really don’t want that!
… to do with drugs or substance abuse of any kind!
Whether it’s a picture of you with a drink in your hand, a funny meme about smoking weed, or a joke about needing to get high to relax, you should never make any references to drugs or substance abuse online during your divorce. Michigan may have legalized weed, but if your spouse’s attorney can convince the Judge that you’re an unsafe parent, or that your morals are questionable, it can have a profound impact on your child custody arrangement. So regardless of what the law says, or how careful you are when consuming alcohol or other legal substances, don’t post about it online. Ever. Under any circumstances!
Divorce is rough – don’t make the process rougher than it needs to be!
It’s going to be a challenging time for you, we understand that. And you’re going to need support and kindness and understanding from your people, we get that too. But during your divorce, be sure to get that support in person, not on social media. And be sure to choose the right legal representative as well! As your divorce attorneys, the skilled and experienced family lawyers at The Kronzek Firm will guide and advise you on how to navigate this complex process. We will help you make good choices, prepare you for every aspect of your divorce, and walk you through each and every step. So call us today at 866 766 5245 to set up your free consultation. We’re here 24/7 to help.