Many people hop on their social media pages to vent about their divorces and relationship woes. While it is a very natural impulse to seek solace from others, using social media during a divorce is often detrimental.
Information posted online is admissible during your case, and may even sway the judge in your ex’s favor. Here are a few tips to prevent social media posts from derailing your divorce.
Do not speak negatively about your ex-spouse
While hurt feelings and resentment are common during a divorce, you must be careful about what you say. This is especially important if you have kids, as the courts want both parents to play a positive role in their children’s lives in many cases. Refrain from talking about your ex at all, or only speak of them positively for the best results.
Adjust your privacy settings and review your friends’ list
It is best to remove your ex, their friends, and their family from your friends’ list. You should also make sure that your privacy settings are robust. It is possible for people to come onto your page and read your posts if you do not have the right privacy settings in place. Accordingly, even innocuous statements can appear damaging without the right context.
Stop posting on social media altogether
For many people, the best course of action is to cease posting on social media altogether. When you refrain from posting, your ex cannot use the information you have shared against you. You can also avoid possible online conflicts with your former spouse or their family members.
You should also avoid looking for information about your ex online by asking their friends and loved ones for help. Depending on how you go about it, your behavior can seem like harassment. At the very least, it will create unnecessary conflict.