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Beware of social media’s effects on divorce

On Behalf of | Dec 8, 2020 | Divorce |

Getting a divorce in a modern age comes with a very modern problem – social media.

Regardless of one’s age nowadays, social media can play a large role in their everyday life, from getting the daily news to keeping in touch with old friends. But Kentucky couples seeking to end their marriage nowadays must understand the effects that social media can have on the outcome of their divorce.

Social media posts might work against you

Individuals know that social media posts rarely reflect reality. Even so, that does not prevent family courts from accepting social media posts as evidence in many divorce cases. In particular, social media posts can play a role when determining:

  • Child custody
  • Child support
  • Property division
  • Spousal maintenance

But many might wonder: how can what an individual posts affect these issues?

For example, posts about past vacations, purchases or recent updates to the home could jeopardize an individual’s claim for spousal maintenance. They imply that the individual has money to spend and could invalidate their claim under Kentucky law’s conditions.

This is why individuals must carefully evaluate the story their social media tells about them before they approach their divorce.

So, what can you do to avoid this effect?

Social media posts can have a considerable effect on the futures of individuals who are going through divorce.

Therefore, it is critical to be extra mindful when approaching or using social media during divorce. Spouses should not post anything about or remotely related to:

  • Conflicts with their ex-spouse
  • Divorce proceedings
  • Any details of their marriage
  • Their children’s lives

In some cases, it might be helpful for spouses to take a break from using social media throughout the process of their divorce. This can help prevent complex issues involving social media accounts and the divorce, as well as reduce the stress that can stem from these accounts in the long run.

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