Flicker, Kerin, Kruger & Bissada, LLP
Menlo Park
San Ramon

The Do's & Don'ts of Social Media

In the digital age, piecing together an opinion about someone based on his or her online presence is very easy. This is why it is imperative to exercise caution online during the divorce process. It is not uncommon to hear how a person's online activities can be used against them in court. Negative online activity could harm a person's goals in regards to child custody, spousal support, and other divorce-related matters.

If you are in the middle of resolving a divorce-related matter, it is a good idea to heed the following tips:

  • Don't post any pictures or make comments you wouldn't want to be featured on the front page of a newspaper - this includes any pictures of crazy partying or nights out on the town
  • Don't post any information regarding purchases or upcoming vacations - this could sway a judge's opinion on your financial situation
  • Don't post anything negative about your former partner or in-laws
  • Don't accept friend requests from people you don't know

If you're on the fence as to whether or not it is a good idea to post a particular picture or status update, it is better to be safe than sorry. Anything you post online could be found, even if it is deleted.

What you should do:

  • Pay attention to the pictures and posts you are tagged in on social media sites like Facebook. While they weren't posted directly by you, they could paint you in a negative light.
  • Try to remain authentic and positive. Posts that are pessimistic or full of complaints can be detrimental to your case.
  • Consider deleting your social media accounts until your divorce is finalized.
  • Change all your passwords to ensure your accounts cannot be hacked or accessed by your former partner.

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