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Why to keep divorce off social media

On Behalf of | Jan 19, 2023 | Divorce |

These days, it feels like everyone has social media. Just look at Facebook. When it started, only college students were allowed on it. Now it seems like everyone and their parents – and even their grandparents – has an account.

This has led to a social phenomenon where people are very likely to share personal details of their life with everyone else who is on social media. Those who are going through a divorce will likely be very tempted to post about their relationship during this time. But there are some important reasons why you may want to keep your divorce off of social media. Just three of them are noted below.

It can be used as evidence

First and foremost, if evidence is needed in your divorce case, social media posts can be submitted. For instance, your ex may bring up a post that you made as evidence that you are unfit for child custody. You want to be very careful about what you put online because you need to know that it can come back to haunt you.

It can make things more contentious

Next, simply posting about things can make the relationship between you and your ex more contentious. A relatively amicable divorce is usually faster, easier and cheaper, so it can be wise to try to stay on as good of terms as you can. Don’t let social media undercut that just for the sake of venting or ranting online. If you need to get something off your chest, talk to a friend or family member in person.

You may get poor advice

Finally, when people see you posting about your divorce online, they are likely to respond by giving you well-meaning advice. However, many people have not been through divorce, and they may give you advice that is inaccurate or even legally impermissible. You don’t want to make any mistakes because of what someone told you online, instead of choosing to work closely with your legal team to ensure that you know exactly what steps to take.