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The Do’s and Don’ts of Social Media During Divorce
May 09, 2024

The Do’s and Don’ts of Social Media During Divorce

The turbulent waters of a divorce can be difficult enough without the added complexity of social media. At Villarrubia & Rosenberger, P.C., we understand that social media plays an important role in our lives, but it’s essential to know how to use it wisely during this sensitive time. Here are some do’s and don’ts to help you avoid potential pitfalls.

DO: Set Boundaries

It’s crucial to set boundaries around your social media usage. While it may be tempting to share your feelings or updates about the divorce process online, remember that anything you post could potentially be used against you. It might be helpful to limit your posts to general topics and avoid discussing your divorce proceedings altogether.

DON’T: Share Sensitive Information

Avoid posting any sensitive information or opinions that may contradict your case. Even seemingly innocuous posts can be misinterpreted and have unintended consequences. For instance, a photo of you enjoying a night out could be misconstrued as irresponsible behavior. Always think twice before you post and consider how it could be perceived.

DO: Maintain Privacy

Privacy is paramount during a divorce. It’s a good idea to review your privacy settings and ensure that only trusted friends and family can see your posts. You might also want to consider taking a break from social media or deactivating your accounts temporarily.

DON’T: Overshare

Simplicity is key when it comes to social media during a divorce. Avoid oversharing details about your personal life, your ex-spouse, or your legal proceedings. Remember, the less information there is online, the less chance there is for it to be used against you.

DO: Consult with an Attorney

Lastly, consulting with a knowledgeable attorney like those at Villarrubia & Rosenberger, P.C. can help you navigate this complex situation. With over 25 years of experience in family law, our team can provide guidance on how to handle social media during your divorce and ensure you’re protected.

Potential Consequences of Incautious Social Media Use

Engaging thoughtlessly with social media during divorce proceedings can lead to substantial negative consequences that extend beyond the courtroom. Incautious posts or shares can significantly affect the outcome of custody battles, alimony, division of assets, and even the divorce timeline itself. Content that portrays financial extravagance, irresponsible behavior, or inconsistency with statements made in court can undermine your credibility and be leveraged by the opposing counsel to challenge your character or intentions. Ultimately, these actions could result in less favorable judgments, prolonged legal battles, and increased legal expenses.

How Villarrubia & Rosenberger, P.C. Can Help

At Villarrubia & Rosenberger, P.C., we don’t just offer legal counsel—we offer empathy and understanding backed by personal and professional experience. We understand the emotional, financial, and practical hardships associated with divorce. Our aim is to support you during this challenging time, providing advice and assistance that take into account both the human element and the technical legal aspects of your case.

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The landscape of social media can be difficult to navigate during a divorce, but with careful consideration and sound legal advice, you can avoid potential pitfalls. Remember, it’s not just about what you post but also what you don’t post. If you’re going through a divorce and need guidance, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Villarrubia & Rosenberger, P.C. for a consultation.




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