As going through a divorce has a large emotional component it is natural during this period to want to shout and express your feelings; it even tends to make you feel better getting stuff off your chest. But you have to be careful where and what you share. Social media has become part of our everyday lives and it seems quite normal to express what is happening – whether good or bad! However, it can become a very costly mistake legally and personally.
Your divorce and family law attorney will advise you against broadcasting the details of the divorce process on social media or in public outlets. Anything and everything can be used against you. Complaining about your soon-to-be-ex can suggest you are not able to cooperate with them. Take the time to the think about what you are posting and the possible outcome. Also, consider the following:
• Pictures speak a thousand words – photos can contradict your claims in court. You have said you are broke and cannot afford spousal support but have posted vacation pictures or photos posing with your new car.
• Perfect parent – but you are posting about partying every night or not being active in the child’s life.
• What is published on-line stays on-line – deleting a post from your profile does not necessarily delete it from cyber space. It can come back to haunt you.
• Privacy settings are not always private – anything you post can be shared to your soon-to-be ex by a “friend” or “connection” without you knowing until it is too late.
The rule of thumb is to play it safe and refrain from posting until the divorce is final and if children are involved, do not post about the other parent. Co-parenting/custody cases are “live” and can be assessed at any time until the child turns eighteen.
Ronald A. Luzim understands that each situation is different. He first learns and understands the unique needs of each client and then offers personal service appropriate to each case. He is a former estate and tax attorney with the IRS, has been practicing law since 1974 and specializes not only in divorce, family, and asset protection but also is a Coral Springs real estate lawyer, Coral Springs probate lawyer and Coral Springs bankruptcy lawyer. In addition as a practicing state certified mediator, Ronald brings experience, expertise and empathy to your legal matter. Please contact his Coral Springs office at 954-755-1500 for assistance in protecting yourself, family and property.
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