Many of us frequently use social media and have accounts on various platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. While these platforms are all useful tools for sharing your life with friends, family, and other acquaintances, engaging in social media use during a divorce can seriously backfire on the outcome of your divorce settlement. None of the posts you share online are worth risking your future, so it is best to err on the side of caution and take a break from social media until the process is finalized.
Why You Should Avoid Social Media for the Time Being
Social media encourages its users to overshare. Whether you like to share pictures or frequently utilize the check-in feature to share your whereabouts, your posts provide a wealth of information you may not necessarily want out there. Even if you remove your spouse from your accounts, it will not guarantee you any privacy, especially since you likely still share many mutual friends. One of your mutual friends may relay the posts you share, so you cannot assume your posts will remain hidden from your spouse.
Since this is undoubtedly a difficult time for you, you may feel tempted to vent online. Unfortunately, venting about your spouse or the details of your divorce can have a negative impact on your divorce, particularly if you have children. You do not want to seem like you are unwilling to cooperate with your spouse or unsupportive of your spouse’s relationship with the children.
If you do not think you can cut social media out of your life entirely, however, we compiled some tips for you to keep in mind:
- Do not discuss any purchases or recent vacations you have taken
- Do not accept new friend requests
- Ask your friends and family not to post any details about your divorce or tag you in pictures
- Do not create any online dating profiles
- Do not share any pictures
- Do not discuss your dating life
- Do not share any memes that present a negative view of marriage
- Do not share any posts about your children
- Do not badmouth your spouse
If you have any doubts about a post, refrain from sharing it.
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