Using social media outlets like Facebook or Instagram has become a habit for many Massachusetts residents. People use social channels to share news and pictures of their interests or their families. Most do not think that the use of social media can have a negative effect on their lives, but it can and does in many cases.

When couples are getting a divorce, social media can be particularly problematic. Because what you post on the Internet is usually open to the public, your spouse’s divorce attorney is probably monitoring your activity. He or she may use your activity as evidence against you in your divorce. The following section shows how social media use can have a negative effect on three elements of divorce.

  • Spending: If you are in the midst of a property division conflict, discussing extravagant new purchases online can impact your final decree.
  • Romance: A skilled divorce attorney can use your Internet discussions about a new romantic interest to harm your case or raise allegations of adultery.
  • Behavior: Making social media posts describing behaviors that compromise you as a parent can threaten your chances to acquire custody of your kids.

Since social media use can paint you in a negative light, it is always best to avoid or limit its use while your divorce is in progress. At the same time, you might want to talk with your lawyer about your spouse’s social media usage. This is especially helpful if his or her posts show patterns or behaviors that the court should address. Revealing your spouse’s “other side” could go a long way toward improving your own situation.