How Does Social Media Affect Divorce?
By Heather Baker-Mushkatel on July 31, 2013
In an increasingly interconnected era, social media sites affect every aspect of our lives, including divorce. While studies have not found a link between divorce rates and the rise of social media, behavior on social media sites has become part of many divorce proceedings.
How can you remain connected via social media without providing information that can be used against you in divorce procedures?
Consider the following tips:
- Avoid airing personal grievances on social media. If you need to let off steam, talk to a trusted friend face-to-face or via a more private channel.
- The best protection is not to mention your divorce on social media at all. This includes comments about your finances, living situation, or custody of your children.
- Skip Foursquare, Google Places, and other sites that allow you to “check in” to certain locations. These leave a trail of your whereabouts that your spouse may use against you in some situations.
- Use the privacy settings to hide your posts from your spouse and mutual friends. For best results, make your entire account private and allow access only to those select individuals you feel you can trust – even then, avoid venting to these friends online.
If you need help negotiating the rocky terrain of divorce, do not hesitate to contact the skilled Arizona divorce attorneys at Mushkatel, Robbins & Becker, PLLC, for more information. Your initial consultation with our office is free and confidential, so you can learn more about our services and decide if working with us is right for you.
Heather Baker-Mushkatel is an Arizona native who focuses in the area of family at Mushkatel, Robbins & Becker, PLLC. Heather also has substantial experience in criminal defense law, including a background as a public defender in Maricopa County. Heather earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and obtained her Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School. She is a highly active member of state and local bar associations who has served on several panels to educate young lawyers and law students.