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Be careful about online communications during divorce

If you're going through or even considering a divorce, your attorney will likely advise you to refrain from posting on social media immediately. Attorneys also advise their clients to be careful what information they include in text and email communications.

These messages can be subpoenaed and used against you in your divorce. A good rule of thumb with any sort of online communication during a divorce is that if you wouldn't want the judge to see it, don't post it.

If you have children and are fighting for custody or visitation rights, it's essential not to post anything on social media that would make you seem like anything less than a good parent. Seemingly innocent pictures of a night out with the girls or guys can be used against you in a custody battle.

If you get off of Facebook for awhile, you can prevent your friends from tagging you in a post. However, you should ask your friends to refrain from including you in their own posted photos that could harm your request for custody or alimony.

Most lawyers also tell their clients to stay off of dating sites until the divorce is final. If you're out there looking for companionship too soon, it could provide back-up to a spouse's claims of adultery or poor parenting. Further, people tend to exaggerate on these sites. However, anything you write can potentially be used against you in court whether it's true or not.

Communications that include career and financial information can also be harmful to your case. Of course, you should be honest and open about your financial situation during the divorce. However, why give your spouse the chance to find out that you're looking for a much higher-paying job using your LinkedIn contacts or expecting a large inheritance from your dying uncle?

Before you delete your social media and email accounts, talk with your attorney. This could be considered destruction of evidence, which could get you in even more trouble than keeping it out there.

Source: Huffington Post, "A Look at How Social Media is Impacting Divorce Cases," William Morrow, accessed Aug. 03, 2017

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