As you go through divorce, one of the things you’ll want to keep in mind is the impact that social media can have on your case. You don’t want to have to worry about past or future posts affecting you. That’s why many attorneys will tell you to shut down your accounts, at least while you’re going through your divorce.

There are times when you won’t be able to shut down your social media during your divorce, and that’s okay. However, you do need to realize that what you post can have an impact on your case. If you can’t shut down your social media, you should make it as private as possible, limiting who can see what you post to only those you trust.

Social media can have varied effects on your case

Email and text messages can both be admissible in court, and they can also be subpoenaed. That could be a problem, especially if those files show that you have an upcoming bonus or that you’re about to get a new job that you haven’t discussed with anyone involved in the case. Basically, this could be used to show that you’re not being honest or upfront about your finances, which doesn’t look good to a judge.

Sharing images of your property can become problematic as well. A lot of people use social media to show off the things they own, but if those assets haven’t been disclosed, or if they show a different way of life compared to the way you say you live, it could hurt your case and be used against you in court.

These are some things to consider before you post to the internet. What you do online does matter.