Can Using Social Media Affect My Divorce in New Jersey?

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Your spouse can use social media activity as evidence in your divorce case. Granted, not all of your activity is harmful, but what you post, or what others tag you in, certainly has the power to affect the outcome of your case. As such, it might be best if you dropped your social media habit during the whole of your divorce. For more information on how social media may affect your divorce, please read on, then contact an experienced Hackensack, New Jersey divorce lawyer.

How might social media use affect my divorce in New Jersey?

If you’re about to get divorced, you need to understand that the things you post on social media will likely have a significant impact on the outcome of your divorce. Often, spouses will try and use their spouse’s posts against them. For example, if you post a picture of you out partying but you’re in a heated custody battle, your spouse may use this to prove that you have a substance abuse issue (even if you don’t) and that you are, therefore, unfit to get custody. If you post pictures of significant purchases or make a post about the bonus your boss recently gave you, it may impact your ability to receive alimony. For this reason, it’s best to avoid social media entirely until your divorce is finalized.

Can I use social media responsibly?

Those who absolutely can’t abstain from social media during their divorce, should do the following:

  • Assume your spouse will see everything you post, even if you have privacy controls
  • Limit your time online
  • Say no to exes and old flames
  • Avoid personal posts

Speak with a skilled New Jersey divorce lawyer if you have any further questions.

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