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How can social media affect a divorce?

On Behalf of | Mar 25, 2024 | Divorce |

In today’s digital age, social media is an integral part of daily life. From sharing updates about activities to connecting with friends and family, social media platforms offer a window into your personal world.

However, when it comes to divorce, the use of social media can have significant implications on the proceedings and outcomes.

Evidence in court

One of the ways social media can affect a divorce is through the evidence it provides. Posts, photos and messages shared on these platforms can become evidence in court proceedings. For example, if one spouse claims they cannot afford a certain lifestyle but posts pictures of extravagant vacations or purchases, it can undermine their credibility and affect decisions related to alimony or asset division.

Impact on child custody

Social media activity can also impact decisions regarding child custody. Posts that depict irresponsible behavior, substance abuse or a lack of parental judgment can be detrimental to a parent’s case for custody. Courts prioritize the well-being of the child, and evidence from social media can influence custody arrangements.

Privacy concerns

Another issue with social media during divorce is privacy concerns. Even if profiles are set to private, posts and photos can still be visible via mutual connections. This lack of control over personal information can lead to breaches of privacy and further strain an already tense situation.

The latest data from the CDC shows that the divorce rate in Maryland is 1.6 out of every 1,000 population. While divorce is a relatively common occurrence, it is rare enough that not every person who goes through a separation will know what activities might make the process more difficult. Knowing how to change your social media habits can help you avoid challenging roadblocks as you navigate your divorce.