How To Incorporate A Social Media Clause In A Divorce Settlement
We all know that divorces can get messy, sometimes really messy, and social media is one of the biggest contributors to mucking up the waters of what could have been a simple divorce. There are times when people will say or do things out of character for them, and unfortunately, with social media, it is extremely easy for someone to let their anger take over. This can result in tasteless social media posts that either aren’t true or that are extremely hurtful.
Our attorneys at Buckhead Family Law in Atlanta continuously see the negative effects of poor social media management and the damage it can inflict upon families. If you are facing a divorce, you may want to think about incorporating a social media clause into your settlement to limit the damage and hurt that can be sustained during the process.
Social Media Clauses During Divorce: What to Include
Simply put, social media clauses are proactive. A social media clause will not only help prevent any negative interactions online, but it can also make everyone involved think twice about what they post online. A social media clause will often state that neither party can:
- Talk about the “details” of their divorce online
- Post negative or disparaging information about the other party
If something is posted, this could impact divorce proceedings, negatively impact child custody, and more.
Another thing to think about is what someone can post about your children online. Together, you will need to come to an agreement (and put it in writing) about whether or not you can post pictures and videos of your children online. If you do, you will also need to talk about who can see those photos.
If you share a business or a social account, your divorce settlement may need to include stipulations for who takes over the account, what can be posted, when people can post, and much more.
Other Ways to Protect Yourself on Social Media During a Divorce
Unfortunately, there is no full-proof way to protect yourself on social media during a divorce. People are going to say things about you, imply things, post memes, and more. You cannot truly prevent your ex-spouse from saying something – if they want to say it, and they are willing to spend the money.
However, as soon as you know you are going to get a divorce, it may be a good time to take a social media break. This will help you avoid posting anything based purely on emotions. You probably want to delete, block, or unfollow anyone who is close friends with your ex and will run and tell them everything you are doing or everyone you are spending time with. You may also want to check your privacy settings, change your passwords, and eliminate personal information you don’t want out there.
Social media is one of the number one places where you can get yourself in trouble during your divorce. In most cases, it is better to just sit back and not say anything. Sure, you may want people to know your side of the story, but you don’t want to jeopardize anything in your legal proceedings.
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When you are going through a divorce in Georgia, you want to work with a lawyer who is going to comb through all of the minute details other lawyers may skip over. Something as simple as a social media clause in your divorce settlement that will prevent your ex-spouse from badmouthing you online can make a huge difference when it comes to your sanity and peace of mind.
At Buckhead Family Law, our legal team works diligently to meet the needs of clients getting divorced in today’s tech driven world – this means taking everything online into consideration. One thing that hasn’t changed about divorce? It is still one of the most harrowing experiences someone can go through, and we understand that. That is why we always treat our clients with grace and compassion.
Need help? We are here to assist you as you begin the next chapter of your life while ensuring that all of the loose ends are tied up in the least complicated way. Schedule a consultation today by calling at 404-600-1403.