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Reasons to avoid social media during divorce

There are two primary reasons why it is important to consider refraining from using social media during your divorce. First, if you misstep in any way, your actions could negatively affect your divorce settlement or your child custody case. Second, observing posts by your spouse, in-laws, mutual friends, etc. may only serve to inflame your already negative emotions inspired by your divorce process.

It is important to understand that many of the “missteps” that can negatively impact your divorce case or your child custody case are harmless in other situations. For example, if you post a picture of yourself and your kids at a family gathering and you have an alcoholic drink in your hand, there would normally be no reason for concern. However, your spouse’s attorney could use this picture as evidence that you frequently behave irresponsibly around your children and cannot be trusted with their care.

Even if this situation seems absurd, it is not far-fetched in today’s family legal system. Family law attorneys are increasingly using social media posts as evidence in divorce and child custody cases. It is therefore important to consider refraining from social media use during your divorce given that even the slightest misstep can affect the outcome of your case.

Secondarily, it is worth noting that observing the social media activity of others may not be the best thing for your emotions right now. Relationships tend to shift in sometimes unpredictable ways during divorce. If you refrain from monitoring the social media use of your loved ones at this time, you can focus on healing and on maintaining the relationships of those individuals who have proven themselves steadfast.

Source: The Huffington Post, “10 Reasons To Keep Your Relationship Problems Off Social Media,” Chris Armstrong, April 27, 2015

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