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Tips for navigating social media during divorce

On Behalf of | Jun 1, 2018 | Divorce

When going through a divorce, you need to be careful about what you post on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Some tips relate to good etiquette, such as posting details about the divorce onto Facebook before you tell your family members about it in person. Other tips are useful because the wrong move on social media can actually impact the proceedings.

Your ex-spouse’s attorney can bring social media posts to court to affect alimony payments and child custody. The best rule of thumb to follow during this time is to not post anything. Do not post pictures of your recently purchased a new car. You also do not want to post pictures about how you go partying every other weekend when the kids are with your ex. Social media has become a minefield when it comes to divorce, so you are better off avoiding it completely.

Do not delete anything

You should not post anything related to finances or other relationships on social media while the divorce is still in progress. However, in the event you do post something, you should not delete it. The judge may view it as destruction of evidence. Your best course of action is to inform your attorney of what you posted so that your lawyer can build a defense against it.

Talk to friends about what they post

You may be fine not posting anything, but your friends and family members may not see the harm in posting a fun picture of you chugging alcohol at a party. Kindly inform your closest friends during this time about how those posts can impact your divorce. Chances are good they will understand.

Schedule time to talk with friends

One reason many people want to post details of their divorce on social media is to vent. Social media has done a lot to disconnect people. You need to take care of your emotional health during this time, so call up friends and co-workers to hang out in real life. Having a chance to vent in person will make it less likely you will feel compelled to vent on Facebook.