Few things are as life-changing as divorce, as it alters the course of your life in nearly every way. Not only are you left emotionally and mentally bereft, but you are also in a major financial upheaval you probably weren’t expecting. Naturally, many people find any outlet to survive this exhausting process, such as posting on social media. However, did you know social media can directly and negatively affect your chances of spousal support following a divorce? Our Novi family lawyer of the Law Offices of Elaine Stypula has found divorce itself hasn’t changed, but social media has certainly impacted the process.
Updating our accounts with quotes, photos, and opinions has become the norm. However, it can play an adverse role as social media can now be used as evidentiary support in court. The most common mistake people make when it comes to fighting for spousal support is posting photos of shopping sprees, extravagant vacations, expensive dinners, etc. These can all be used against you by your ex’s legal team, resulting in less spousal support or none at all.
Another way in which social media can harmfully impact your spousal support is if you are openly displaying a new relationship. If you and your ex are not amicable, he or she might use this as a motive to escape paying spousal support. They may even suggest the new relationship began prior to the end of your marriage.
What Can I Do?
Even if your account is private, judges can require you give up the passwords to your accounts if they feel there is just cause. This is why we believe the best thing for anyone in the midst of a divorce, particularly if they are requesting support, simply stay off social media. Don’t vent about your ex, don’t post about your weekend, and don’t even “like” posts which may be suspect.
Contact Our Novi Family Law Attorney Today
The Law Offices of Elaine Stypula is led by our experienced and knowledgeable Novi family law attorney who has focused exclusively on family law and divorce issues for more than 20 years. Our main priority is helping you survive this transition as seamlessly as possible, ensuring your future is protected at all costs.
Allow us to fight for you. Contact us at your earliest convenience by calling (248) 565-3800.