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How should I handle social media during my divorce?

On Behalf of | Apr 18, 2017 | Divorce |

Social media is a fact of life for many people. While there is nothing wrong with you enjoying the associations possible on social media, you must ensure that you are handling things on social media properly.

You must realize that what you post on social media can impact your divorce. There are several things that you have to think about regarding Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, SnapChat and other social media profiles.

Why should I be careful about what I post?

Your social media profiles can be brought up in your divorce, as well as child custody cases. It is easy to understand that you need to vent about everything that is going on in your life. Before you post negative things on social media, take time to make sure that it is something you need to put out there. Remember that you can delete posts; however, it is possible that screenshots will remain.

Can my children be affected by social media posts?

If you have children who are old enough to have social media profiles, there is a chance that they will see them. This could be devastating for your children to see the dirty laundry from their parents all over social media.

Will social media affect property division?

Pictures that present a specific persona might be used against you. For example, a picture of you posing before a yacht or a sports car might make it seem like you have more money than you do or that you are hiding assets instead of being truthful during property division discoveries. You might have to explain the pictures and posts that make it seem like you have more than you do. Make sure that you think before you post pictures or at least clearly explain the circumstances.

How should I handle mutual friends?

If you and your ex have mutual friends on social media accounts, make sure that you think carefully about those friends. Even if you think that they won’t say anything about your profile to your ex, there is a chance that they will pass information along. Considering this before you post anything might help you to figure out what, if anything, you want to post.

What alternatives do I have?

Instead of posting things online, you can find a trusted friend or family member to vent to. If you don’t think that is possible, you can keep a journal about how you feel. That journal should be kept on paper and in a private space where you don’t have to worry about it falling into the wrong hands.