“You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can be used against you…” Chances are you are familiar with the Miranda warning read to people as they are being arrested or detained by law enforcement officers. What you may not know is that remaining silent can be just as important in a family law case as it can be in a criminal case.

Anything you say to or about your spouse in the leadup to a divorce or during a divorce can result in life-altering consequences. Your best bet for protecting your parental rights, your property, and your future is to leave your case in the hands of a proven family law attorney who can guide you through the process and let you know when it is time to share your story.

It is best to go dark on social media during your divorce

For the purposes of this post, speaking includes the things you say electronically via your social media accounts. Any venting you do on your social media accounts can be used as evidence in your divorce. If you go off the handle and say something threatening during a fit of anger, that could be used to paint you as unfit. Posting pictures of a new purchase or sharing product reviews could be used as evidence of hidden assets. Even if that is not the case, having to go through the process of proving it could become costly due to the additional time and legal fees it requires.

Your words can lead to accusations of parental alienation

The coparenting of children will tie you to your ex until your children are grown, for better or for worse. The worst thing you can do is vent about your former spouse to your children. Trashing your ex can lead to accusations of parental alienation, placing your custody rights at risk. When it comes to divorce and coparenting, the adage still holds true: if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.