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Social media could have a major impact on your divorce

Social media is now one of the most common ways that people interact with friends, family and extended support networks. The marvel of mobile internet access allows people to chat online, share images and video, and otherwise feel like they are in constant contact with loved ones. For those going through a tough time, like divorce, social media can be a support group and a place to vent the frustrations of the process. Unfortunately, social media can also cause difficulties for those who aren't careful. Anything that you share online could come back to haunt you during divorce court.

Maybe you were really angry with your spouse, so you shared a post about how you wish that something bad would happen to him or her. Perhaps, because you were hurt by an affair, you've been proudly sharing pictures of your new partner, even though you haven't divorced yet. There are a million ways to misuse social media during a divorce. It may feel cathartic for a moment, but it could end up having a profound impact on the outcome of your divorce.

Avoid showcasing your infidelity

You may have separated, but you are still married until your divorce gets finalized by the courts. Even if you believe or know that your spouse was unfaithful first, sharing evidence of your new relationship online is a mistake. The courts could look at those smiling selfies as evidence of infidelity on your part. If you don't have similar evidence about your spouse's affair, it could impact the division of assets and other aspects of your divorce.

This is of particular concern for people with prenuptial or postnuptial agreements that have infidelity clauses. You could end up paying more in spousal support or forfeiting specific assets, even if your spouse was unfaithful first. If you must date before your divorce gets finalized, do so discretely and never share about it online.

Don't use threatening language

You may hope that karma catches up with your spouse, but that's something to share with close friends in person, not your entire social media network. You may think you can trust all of your friends on social media, but you never know who could be passing along your posts to your spouse. In fact, even sending private or direct messages with language that could get viewed as threatening is dangerous.

No matter how angry you are or how careful your privacy settings, anything you share online could get used in court. It only takes one social media friend to give your spouse ammunition for the divorce that could leave you in a lot of trouble.

Your best option is to only talk in person about your issues and avoid sharing details on social media until your divorce gets finalized by the courts.

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