While social media may be frequently used to easily to stay in touch with family and friends across the country and globe, it can actually be detrimental for you in terms of your divorce case or any other legal proceedings. Now, don't assume that you have to stop using the internet completely. However, it is a good idea to take a few preventative measures that will secure your social media accounts. In addition, you should think twice about anything that you are about to post online. Here are a few tips that will help you with managing your social media as you go through a divorce.
Change All of Your Passwords
Even in the event that your partner never had access to your social media or e-mail passwords, there is the chance that your passwords may be saved in a web browser that he or she has access to. Because of this, it is important that you take the time to change all of your passwords the moment you make the decision to file for a divorce. Whenever possible, you should consider enabling the two-step authentication and ensure that you are notified if someone attempts to log into any of your accounts.
Avoid Mentioning the Case Online
Divorce attorneys always inform their clients to refrain from making any online posts about their legal case, and it is important that you take this advice to heart. Even if you use social media as a primary form of contact between you and your family members, you should try to attempt to have your conversations over the phone or in person. Any conversations that you have in writing can and likely will be used against you, and this includes any posts that are made to an online social media profile. For instance, if you make a post about a large purchase like a new car, your partner could accuse you of withholding potential assets.
Consider Temporarily Deactivating Accounts
If you are wanting to have a fresh start once the divorce is finalized, going through photos of other people's lives and adventures can be a bit depressing. So, for the short-term and for the sake of your mental health, it may be a good idea to avoid social media. This will allow you to focus on today and your family. By deactivating your social media profiles, you will also have some much-needed privacy during the divorce case, as your partner will not be able to track what you are doing with the hopes of using it against you in the future.
For more information, get in touch with a family law attorney.