A lot of people feel safe on social media. They feel like it’s a place where they can be themselves and vent their frustrations to those they care about. As innocent as it may seem, though, social media posts can be damaging in the divorce context. Depending on which side of a case you fall on, then, you need to know how to either exploit social media posts to your advantage or minimize their effect on your case.

Offensive use of social media

Your spouse’s social media posts can greatly strengthen your divorce case in many areas. They may help show that your spouse is hiding assets during the property division process, that he or she has engaged in activities that draw parenting skills into question, and that he or she engaged in an affair that may speak to the need for alimony.

To successfully use this evidence, though, you need to know how to gather it and competently submit it to the court. Try to take screenshots of relevant posts, and take notes about what you’ve seen and when. Whatever you do, though, don’t try to fraudulently gain access to a private social media account.

Defending yourself against social media posts

Don’t let social media derail your case. To start, try avoid using social media while facing family law issues. If it’s too late for that, then you’ll have to try your best to put questionable posts in context. You might also be able to prevent that evidence from being submitted to the court if you can raise questions as to its validity. You also might be able to deflect the court’s attention away from your social media posts if there is more compelling evidence to support your position.

Don’t leave important legal issues to chance

The bottom line is that you have to do everything in your power to protect yourself and your children during the divorce process. To do so, preparation has to be a priority. You should know the law and how to apply it to your case, and be capable of developing competent legal arguments that are persuasive. Oftentimes there are challenging evidentiary issues to face, too. For all of these reasons it might be in your best interests to strategize your case with your attorney. After all, there’s far too much at stake to leave it to chance.