Social media platforms allow someone using a mobile device in New York to share a picture or video with someone in another city, state or country. Those who are going through a divorce may need to pay careful attention to what they post or share on their accounts. It is also a good idea to place limits on who is able to see that information. Parents should also be careful when it comes to posts containing information about their children.

That is an issue that they will ideally discuss prior to or during the divorce process itself. Once a divorce has been concluded, parents may be able to share more about their children or even interact with their kids directly online. During the divorce itself, individuals may want to stay off social media as much as possible. This is generally a good idea regardless of how amicable or contentious a divorce may be.

Following the divorce’s completion, it may not matter what an individual chooses to post or share. Of course, it can be a good idea to remain civil to a former spouse even if it won’t necessarily impact the final terms of a divorce or custody agreement. Those who are on good terms with each other may choose to remain friends online.

Individuals should be wary of anything that they say before or during the divorce process. This is true whether a thought is being posted online, through a text message or spoken to a friend while at a dinner party. An attorney may be able to help a person determine whether old posts should be deleted or make other decisions about a social media account. Using discretion may make it easier for a lawyer to negotiate a favorable divorce settlement.