Your conduct during divorce will have consequences.

| Jun 22, 2017 | Divorce |

Be proud of your conduct during your divorce, you may very well have to answer for it in court.

Most people realize that it is important to be on your best behavior before and during divorce proceedings. During the process of divorce, you probably know intuitively that it is not smart to make large, irresponsible purchase and to be careful with your public appearance.

Your spouse can use your inappropriate behavior to establish fault in your divorce or to limit your time with your children. Most people realize this. But for some reason, many people are less filtered when using social media compared to other areas of life. There’s something about the smart-phone screen that allows people to be less inhibited, but it is crucial to be careful with your use of social media during divorce.

People Will See What You Post About Your Spouse

For whatever reason, most people will be more open and vocal about their opinions on social media than they are in other contexts. There is something about facebook, twitter and other social media platforms that cause people to act a little crazy.

This is particularly common involving spouses talking about their spouses when relationships start deteriorating. People will say very negative things about their spouses, sometimes revealing secrets or the worst aspects of their character.

Although you might think this type of social media activity could be detrimental to your spouse, it can hurt you even worse.

How Can Negative Posts About Your Spouse Hurt You?

Your spouse could use these social media posts against you in your divorce. In addition to the possibility of using your social media posts to show that you are an unfit parent, another important claim is alienation.

Alienation is the claim that one spouse is trying to alienate the other parent from the children, giving the child a negative view of the other parent that is not dissimilar from force or coercion.

Obviously, the court does not look kindly on alienation in child custody matters. Alienation often results in less parenting time for the parent found to be committing the alienation against the other parent.

So be careful with your social media presence. No matter how tempting it might be, do not talk badly about your child’s other parent or paint that person in a negative light.

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