Social media’s impact on divorce proceedings

On Behalf of | May 1, 2024 | Divorce

If you’re going through a divorce, what you post online may have serious consequences in the courtroom. Your online activity can affect everything from asset distribution to the allocation of parental responsibilities. As such, it’s important to know what to post—and what not to post—when going through a divorce.

The legal relevance of social media in Illinois divorces

Illinois uses social media posts as evidence in court. If your online activity contradicts statements made during divorce proceedings, it can impact outcomes.

For example, if your online posts showcase a lifestyle that suggests higher income or spending habits than reported, the courts may penalize you. Photos, texts, and comments that depict irresponsible behavior can affect decisions around parental responsibilities.

How to manage social media during a divorce

Given the potential impact of social media on divorce proceedings, it is important to maintain a low profile online. There are some helpful tips for staying in the clear:

  • Pause or limit social media use
  • Manage your digital footprint
  • Educate yourself on legal requests
  • Talk to your kids about their online activity

A conservative approach is key. Be mindful of each and every post you make. Scrub posts that paint you or your family in a negative light. Additionally, avoid making posts or comments that contradict statements made in court.

It’s no secret that social media can strain marriage and family relationships. This is especially true during periods of turbulence, like divorce. Seek legal counsel to better understand how you can manage your online presence during divorce proceedings.