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If divorce is looming, be careful what you post online

You may have inadvertently discovered that social media posts can be problematic because of the information your spouse has been sharing online. It is a good lesson to learn.

Any information your spouse emails, texts or posts online can become evidence in divorce court, and is therefore potentially damaging to the case he thought he had.

Friends talk

Your spouse may block you from his Facebook or Instagram site, but all your mutual friends still have access. The friends of a divorcing couple often gravitate toward one person or the other. Someone who is more loyal to you than to your spouse may act as whistleblower to deceitful conduct.

For example, your spouse may have described an extremely modest financial situation in the legal documents he signed, but recently took a new lady friend on a trip to Maui, stayed at a five-star hotel, played several rounds of golf and purchased a silver bracelet at the local Tiffany & Co. The pictures confirming all this are posted on his Facebook page.

What turns up

Some people who post information regularly on social media cannot help bragging about a new car or a new offshore bank account because it makes them look important. This frequently provides the opposing attorney with leads to assets the spouse is trying to hide until the divorce is final.

Keep your counsel

Whether it is upgrading a professional profile on LinkedIn, sharing party pictures on Facebook or tweeting about an upcoming trip to the Bahamas, online actions can lead to unforeseen consequences in terms of how your divorce plays out. Remember that any information you share could be used against you. That includes everything from complaining about your spouse to talking about the great new job you just landed. Your attorney will tell you not to write, text or post anything you would not want the judge to see, so keep a low profile. Let your spouse become the digital darling. 

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