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Social media is a great way to stay connected to people you know. It also has the potential to be a big problem during a divorce. If you write on social media, you need to be extremely careful about what you post. For instance, if you post about your ex-spouse in a negative manner, it could come back to haunt you later in court when you’re fighting a custody battle.

Social media can also be used as a way to collect information about you, which is why most attorneys will suggest that you tightly control who can see your posts or advise that you don’t have social media at all until your divorce is over. Using social media, your ex-spouse could pull photos of you with alleged lovers, take screenshots of conversations you had with them or others where you say things that could hurt your case, show that you have missing assets in your possession, and so on. For those reasons, it’s not a great idea to have social media, and it could put your case at risk.

That doesn’t mean that social media is all bad. With social media, you’ll be able to look through your ex’s posts, as well. You can do the exact same kind of evidence collection and documentation as they could. In fact, you can often lock down your own social media accounts and still have access to their information, so it can be a great way to get your own documentation for court. Just remember to print out copies of what you find, because the posts or photos could always be removed.