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How social media can affect a divorce

On Behalf of | Mar 9, 2023 | Family Law

Social media will not go away. People enjoy connecting with others through platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. But, sometimes, tact and good judgment do not always prevail in social media.

This is why anyone going through a divorce should be careful about what they post. Being judicious is important. Certain details you disclose or spout on social media just may cause problems for you in the future, especially with a judge who learns about these not-so-nice and revealing comments.

During divorce, take a social media break

If you are going through a divorce, it may be a good idea to take a break from social media. On certain days, your emotions may take the best of you, and you are tempted to vent about your spouse and your divorce on social media. Do not do it.

A threatening post and a boastful post with accompanying images may prove detrimental. While going through a divorce, here are some of the things to avoid doing on social media:

  • Threatening and stalking your spouse: This is criminal activity. You may find yourself facing misdemeanor or felony charges. A judge also may find you to be an unfit parent, limiting the time you spend with your children.
  • Concocting lies about your spouse: This makes you look like an unstable person. Judges see that and will view you with disdain, just like any liar who enters their court.
  • Criticizing your spouse: Maintaining a cool head may be difficult during divorce, but you must do so. Always take the high road.
  • Sharing details that only you know about your spouse: A judge may find you to be an immature and bitter person for disclosing personal and potentially embarrassing details.
  • Bragging: Boastful posts and images may disclose adulterous affairs, lavish spending and the notion that you may be hiding assets. A judge does not take kindly to deception.

Subscribing to questionable behavior on social media will only hurt you in the eyes of your spouse, children, relatives, friends and a judge.

Rely on good judgment

For some people, the experience of divorce is overwhelming. When your emotions get the best of you, seek helpful outlets such as seeing a counselor, getting involved in activities, exercising or simply staying busy. But please do not air out those emotions on social media. You just may slip and disclose something that may haunt you for a long time.