If you are like most people, you share your life on social media. For most people, this comes with few disadvantages. During a divorce, you may be more likely to spend time on the internet so you can connect with family and friends.
While you do not have to shut down your social media, the National Law Review suggests that you practice care and avoid creating a complicated situation.
Keeping a public profile
If you unfriend your spouse during the divorce, do not keep a public profile. Your public profile is fair game in court. Your spouse could access it and so could his or her attorney. When you have a private profile, your information is not fair game unless they can access it legally.
Your spouse cannot create fake accounts to access your social media or attempt to hack into your account.
Posting life updates
Even if you have a private profile, you should stay as quiet as possible about your life. You and your spouse could share mutual friends. If a friend sees a post, he or she can show your spouse. Even benign updates can spell trouble during a divorce.
For example, if you post about shopping or going out with friends, your spouse could twist it that you are irresponsible with your money or party too much. Even if these are not facts, social media can paint a twisted story.
While you should remain private, do not go through your social media and delete posts or pictures. This could create the assumption that you have something you want to hide.