Ways that social media can harm the divorce process

Smartphones have become indelibly attached to our daily lives. It is often difficult to remember our lives before cellphones. Chances are, you may be reading this informative article on a cellphone right now.

Cellphones can be incredibly helpful tools. They can also harm a person’s position in a divorce. Posting revealing information on social media or in private messages can harm more than it can help. For this reason, many recommend putting your cellphone away when going through a divorce.

3 ways that social media can put one at a disadvantage in a divorce

Sometimes the information that our cellphones contain can be used against a person in a divorce. Information cannot be accessed directly from the cellphone unless a court order is issued, however, what is posted on social media can be seen by all.

  • Cellphones can cause problems in property division: There are several ways that property division could be negatively impacted by social media. Those fishing pictures aboard a private boat could provide evidence that one is hiding assets that weren’t declared in the divorce.
  • Ways a cellphone can harm child custody proceedings: If pictures appear online that indicate the child is in an unsafe or dangerous environment, then it could affect custody in court. Other ways include posting pictures that portrait the parent as unfit.
  • Additional ways a cellphone can cause a disadvantage in a divorce: There are numerous ways that social media can negatively impact a divorce, such as providing evidence of infidelity. Although Colorado is a purely no-fault divorce state, factors like infidelity could impact things such as alimony.

Before posting to social media, think twice about the repercussions and unintended consequences that it could have on your upcoming divorce.

When proactively planning for a divorce, it is often helpful to have professional guidance that is experienced in family law in Colorado.

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