Important Guidelines for Using Social Media During a Divorce
Over the past decade or so, divorce attorneys have become more familiar with the potential pitfalls of social media use for their clients during the divorce process. For people who want to be able to stay connected to friends and family members through online networks during their divorce, it is important to make smart decisions on what is shared.
The following are some tips for using social media in a way that won’t harm your case:
- Think before publishing: You should carefully think through everything (and that means everything) you are about to post. Even a seemingly innocuous post could be misinterpreted. Anything that could be construed as you not making good decisions or being a bad example for your children should be avoided.
- Know who can view your account: Carefully consider who should have access to your social media profiles. Social media platforms offer various privacy options. Twitter, for example, allows you to “protect” your tweets, meaning only your followers (who you approve) can see them. Facebook allows you to post publicly, just to your friends or just to a specific group of friends. Use these privacy settings and avoid making information too easily available.
- Never talk about your divorce: Avoid sharing the details about your divorce on social media. Sharing certain information could eliminate your attorney-client privacy. In addition, sharing details online could be viewed by a judge as irresponsible behavior. It is especially important when you have children to avoid bad-mouthing the other parent because that could be seen by the children or told to the children.
If you would like further guidance and advice as you work through the divorce process, consult a knowledgeable Minnesota family law attorney with Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A.