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Facebook and your divorce: Be careful what you post

How much time do you spend on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, SnapChat, and other social media sites a day?

If you answered anything other than "no time at all" and you are facing divorce, you may want to think carefully about how you are spending your time online.

Anything you post on social media can become a part of your divorce case.

Tips for social media use during divorce

If you are an active social media user and you are facing divorce, here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Don't assume your Facebook (or other social media accounts) are private: Did you know that social media evidence is routinely used in divorce cases? Even if you think your account is private, information has a way of getting out one way or another. You may want to review your security settings and unfriend people who you can't trust. But even taking these precautions, your information is still technically public.
  • Consider your posts public information: If you are a regular social media user - if you post, tweet, and share photos regularly - you should consider drastically cutting back during your divorce. Think of your posts as letters to the editor. Would you be comfortable with the entire town or neighborhood reading what you wrote? If not, don't publish it.
  • Know what not to post: Even if you think you know what you should and shouldn't post during your divorce, you may be wrong. Posting a photo of a new truck or other purchase may look bad if you are contesting child support. Tagging yourself out to dinner with a new romantic interest before your divorce is finalized may hurt your case. When in doubt, don't post it!

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