What To Do If Your Soon-To-Be-Ex or Ex-Spouse Slanders You On Social Media?

Divorce can be an emotionally charged time, but venting about it on social media can get you in trouble and potentially lead you into court. During the divorce process and even after the divorce is over, your ex-spouse may post negative comments about you.

The number one rule in these situations: Do not retaliate against your soon-to-be-ex-spouse or your ex-spouse with your own post or try to rebut any of their posts.

If your ex-spouse posts something negative about you, what you should do is take a screenshot of the post, save it and send it to your attorney. Your attorney can then guide you on what the best course of action will be. That may consist of filing a lawsuit, writing to your ex-spouse’s attorney or some other action.

It is important to note, that not everything your ex-spouse posts or writes about you may be improper or illegal. For example, your ex-spouse may be able to post factually correct details about your divorce. Although this might be upsetting, it is probably not improper.

However, if your ex-spouse is clearly posting false information about you, then you may be able to take legal action against your ex-spouse. It is important that the statement must be entirely false and caused you some type of harm.

If you are in the middle of your divorce, any negative posts or statements should be given to your attorney, who then may show those posts to the Court (and to your spouse’s attorney). Although the post may not qualify as slander or defamation, it still may be useful to you in your divorce. Virtually every Court and every Judge will not want to see negative posts being stated about you, especially if there are children involved. Furthermore, if you are worried that your spouse will continue to post negative information about you, even after the divorce is final, you can ask your attorney to add protections into your settlement agreement.

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Social Media and Affairs

As of 2017, it has been estimated that 81 percent of Americans use social media.  That percentage will keep growing and growing. Facebook is the most popular social media platform and the one that most adults use.

There is anecdotal evidence that Facebook has led to more affairs, one survey claims that 1 in 3 divorces started as an “online affair”, which quickly became a “physical affair”. The power of Facebook allows you to find former high school sweethearts, college friends, or boyfriends/girlfriends. Too often reaching out to these former friends/lovers can sometimes lead to sexual affairs.  This has led many sociologists to conclude that Facebook and social media has increased the amount of “cheating”.

On the flip side, Facebook and social media has also made it easier to identify and catch cheaters.  It is fairly easy to find out if someone is posting or messaging on Facebook.  Simply deleting a post will not prevent “digital fingerprints”.

If you believe your partner is involved in a sexual affair and are seeking a divorce, David Badanes and the Badanes Law Office, P.C. can help you. The Badanes Law Office partners with many social media experts who can help you discover whether or not your partner is cheating. David Badanes and the Badanes Law Office can be contacted at 631-239-1702, email at david@dbnylaw.com or visit our web site: www.dbnylaw.com.  The Badanes Law Office has offices in Northport, Garden City, Brooklyn and Manhattan.

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How Social Media Can Affect Your Divorce Video

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How social media can affect your divorce?

Nowadays, many people have Facebook and other social media sites. If you are getting divorced, you have to be very careful about what you post or who you like on Facebook or any other social media sites and any information you put on the computer.

I typically recommend my clients to actually take down their Facebook site and to erase whatever they have on any of these social media sites. If you need help doing this you can hire a computer expert.

Anything that may seem innocuous to you can be blown up by something that is not even true. If you are at a party or someone takes a picture of you all of a sudden you are an alcoholic because you are at a party. So I highly recommend not using Facebook or any of these social media sites and I really recommend that you take them down.