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Why You Should Stay off Social Media during Your Divorce

As everyone knows, divorce can be an incredibly difficult time. This emotionally draining transition is made no easier with the advent of social media, as it is a staple in our everyday lives. In this day and age, divorce is made even more complicated with the fact that people are able to keep up with the ex-spouses lives through platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Though social media can be a powerful and positive source of communication, it can also complicate things beyond repair.

What people fail to remember about social media is that even if you aren’t connected with your ex-spouse, plenty of people are privy to the pictures and updates you post. Not only can this add fuel to the fire, it can get you into some serious trouble as well. If you and your ex-spouse are in the midst of a combative divorce, your ex may be looking for evidence to use against you, and you may be inadvertently supplying him or her with that information.

What Are the Possible Consequences?

Parenting plans and spousal support orders are most often affected due to reckless posting on social media. If you are posting pictures of yourself partying, drinking, or otherwise engaging in destructive behavior, your ex may present them as evidence to a judge who may decide you are not looking out for the best interests of your child.

Furthermore, if you claim you cannot support yourself and are asking for spousal support, your spouse will likely fight against this order tooth and nail. If you post pictures of a lavish vacation or status updates regarding other activities of varyingly high expenses, these may be used against you as claims that you can, in fact, support yourself.

Lastly, while this may not affect any legalities of your case, posting negative comments about your ex-spouse or otherwise baiting him or her with pictures of a new romantic partner is sure to cause further problems. The emotional aspect of divorce, including jealousy, is still very much alive, even if you no longer want to be with your ex.  

Contact Our Skilled Des Moines Divorce Lawyers

At the Law Offices of Mark. R. Hinshaw, we understand divorce can be an incredibly trying process, and even the most amicable of couples find it difficult to let go of their marriages with ease. Our experienced Des Moines divorce lawyers will guide you through this process and work tirelessly to provide you with the best possible outcome. We can advise you on how to best handle this challenging situation, while always aiming for a successful outcome.

If you are facing divorce and need strong legal representation, contact us today by calling 515.200.7571.

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