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Be careful with social media use during your divorce

On Behalf of | Aug 24, 2021 | Divorce

Whether you’re on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, you have likely posted some information about your personal life on the internet. When you are going through a divorce in Michigan, it is more important to keep your personal information discreet, which can make using social media a little dangerous.

Beware of mutual friends

You and your soon-to-be ex-spouse shared a life together, which means you probably shared some friends. The mutual friends you have with your ex may have turned against you because of the divorce. If these friends are still following your social media accounts, they might be dissecting your posts to try to dig up dirt that could be used against you.

Social media posts that imply wealth

Most people try to present the best versions of their lives on social media. That payday loan you had to take out or the time you missed rent weren’t exactly post-worthy. However, a fun night out with friends or a new outfit you purchased might have become social media posts.

While you know the real truth about your financial situation, social media can paint a distorted picture. If your social media page looks too good, your ex could use it to accuse you of lying about your finances. Disputes over property division can become very complicated when divorcing spouses aren’t careful with social media.

Digital data can be subpoenaed

It’s important to know that everything you post on social media could potentially come back to bite you in court. Digital data like text messages and emails can all be subpoenaed in a divorce case. Even if you think that you’ll be able to use social media to your advantage, it may be wiser to refrain from using it at all until your divorce is finalized.