We live in a digital age, and social media is a massive part of the constant interconnectivity that we all have now. For the most part, social media is harmless and, indeed, it can actually be a very useful tool that allows friends and family to organize events and stay in touch. There are many useful ways that social media can be used.

But realistically, social media often just becomes a dumping ground for one’s spur-of-the-moment thoughts. And in the context of a divorce, that can be a very damaging and dangerous thing.

Imagine that one night you decide to go on a rant about your divorce or your soon-to-be-ex on Facebook or Twitter or any other social media site or app. The words you say in these status updates or tweets could get you into a lot of trouble with a judge. Your husband or wife could cite these things as evidence that you are an unfit parent or that you don’t deserve certain child custody provisions.

There is plenty of other potential evidence that could be housed on these social media platforms that don’t explicitly deal with status updates or tweets that are outwardly visible. Private messages or photos could contain information that details an affair, or a new relationship that occurred soon after a divorce. Or these pieces of evidence could establish that certain assets were hidden from the divorce process. At the very least, they can establish a timeline of your behavior and actions, and this timeline could prove very useful to your soon-to-be-ex.

It is your choice if you want to use social media before, during or after a divorce. But you should know the potential of the words that you type out and publish for all the internet to see. Be careful when using social media when a divorce is in the air.

Source: Forbes, “How Social Media Can Affect Your Divorce,” Jeff Landers, Aug. 20, 2013