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Wheaton divorce attorneysOver 80% percent of Americans use one social media platform or another. In all, an estimated 264 million people in the U.S. are active on social media at any given moment. Most people are well aware of the potential ramifications of irresponsible social media posts from an employment perspective, but few understand how social media could negatively impact a divorce case. Sadly, one of the most common mistakes a person can make during a divorce is posting on social media. If you are contemplating a divorce, it is wise to take a step back from all of your social media platforms, especially when dealing with any of the following Illinois divorce issues. 

Social Media and Child Custody

Social media platforms can be a fantastic opportunity to update old friends on your life and establish new relationships. Yet, it is important to understand how a social media post could impact your child custody case. If you post false information about your marital status or familial situation during your divorce, it could severely impact a child custody case.

Additionally, posting pictures of you and your friends out drinking could be used against you in a custodial case, as your former spouse's attorneys could claim that you have a substance abuse issue. Thinking before you post is a good first step. Avoiding social media altogether is an even better option.

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In divorce, nearly anything you say or do can be used against you. This rule also applies to your social media account. Unfortunately, far too many divorcees do not understand this and end up jeopardizing their case. Avoid making this same mistake by learning how to safely navigate social media during divorce.

No Engagement Means No Evidence

The most effective way to avoid any mining of your social media account is to simply not use it. Do not share photos. Do not post status updates or tweet. Instead, go completely "dark." Archaic as it might seem, and difficult as it might be to consider, it is literally the only way to ensure you do not unintentionally hand your spouse (and their attorney) easy evidence to use against you in court.

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Social media has become an integral part of most people's life. They share what they had for dinner, recent photos of their pets, exciting news of a pregnancy or job promotion, and even the loss of a loved one. There is such a thing as oversharing, though, especially when it comes to those who are pursuing a divorce. In fact, anything and everything you post, from now until the divorce has been finalized, could be used against you in court. The following information can help you understand what information might make its way into court, and how you can best protect yourself during the divorce process.

Most Forms of Digital Communication Admissible in Court

The first thing you need to know about your digital content is that most of it - from text messages to Facebook posts to emails - is admissible and able to be used against you. In other words, you will need to safeguard your phone and change all of your passwords. Most of all, be sure to keep your content free of any incriminating evidence that could be used against you or somehow misconstrued to portray you in a negative light during your divorce.

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