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5 tips for handling social media during divorce

On Behalf of | Oct 29, 2020 | Divorce |

When you are facing a divorce, you often struggle with a wide array of emotions. One day you are relieved. The next you are sad. And sometimes, you’re angry, worried and frustrated. You may want to use social media to vent once in a while. However, that’s really not in your best interests.

That’s because, according to the National Law Review, 81% of divorce attorneys found evidence to present in court through social media. So that means if you post something nasty about your ex on Facebook or Twitter, those comments could be used in court to show you aren’t committed to establishing a strong co-parenting relationship.

So, if you have divorce in your future, you need to be careful about what you post on social media. Here are five tips so that you negatively impacting your divorce because of your social media use:

  1. Don’t post anything about your divorce at all. In order to accomplish this, you can either disengage from social media completely or seriously cut back on using it. You may want to delete social media apps from your phone, so you can avoid the temptation to just post something quickly and easily.
  2. Don’t post any photos of you with a new vehicle or on an expensive getaway. If you are seeking spousal support or a larger portion of assets due to your income, you don’t want to make it appear you really don’t need that money.
  3. Don’t post any photos of you out drinking and partying with friends. If you are seeking child custody, you don’t want any photos showing that you may be an unfit parent.
  4. Don’t change your marital status to divorced until after your divorce is final.
  5. Don’t join make a profile in any dating apps or post photos of you with a new boyfriend or girlfriend until after your divorce is final.

You don’t want a judge to misconstrue something from what you post. You don’t want anything you post to affect your child custody agreement or how many assets you’ll receive in your divorce. It’s far too easy to post something you may regret later on. That’s why being very cautious about what you post, or avoiding social media entirely, while going through a divorce is so important.