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Social media is not your friend during a divorce

Social media has opened up a new world for many people. Reconnecting with old friends and connecting with new ones can provide you with online friendships that may last a lifetime. It provides you a place to seek support, complain about your day and share the good times in your life.

However, for as much joy as being part of your group may give you, social media could turn against you if you are going through a divorce. Where it's true that everyone needs support and a place to vent their frustrations, doing so online could create problems that you don't need during this time. If you say too much with your closest confidants in the privacy of your own home, that's one thing, but if you say too much online for everyone to see, it could come back to haunt you.

Major social media "don'ts" during a divorce

Many people would recommend that you stop using social media altogether during your divorce, but if you decide to continue, you may want to avoid doing the following:

  • Emotions are high enough during a divorce, even an amicable one. Making derogatory statements about your future ex on social media could derail negotiations or give him or her ammunition in a court battle.
  • Announcing your divorce to the world without consulting your soon-to-be ex-spouse could cause some dissension between the two of you. Instead, make the announcement together if possible.
  • You may want to refrain from posting about your latest shopping trip or night out as well. You certainly don't want to post pictures.
  • Even though it may be tempting, spying on your spouse through social media doesn't do either of you any good. If you suspect there may be evidence you need there, it may be possible to obtain court authorization to look.
  • You may want to block your future former spouse, but that may be a mistake if you plan to co-parent. The court will want to see that the two of you can get along, even if it is only for the sake of the kids.

Any of these actions could affect the outcome of your case. Whether you are attempting to negotiate a settlement outside the courtroom or relying on the court to see your side of things, monitoring your use of social media is a good idea. The last thing you need during your divorce is unnecessary tension that could have been avoided.

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