Social media has never been more ubiquitous than it is today. Many of us have a profile on at least two or more social media platforms and share on a somewhat regular basis. Generally, there is nothing wrong with this and, in fact, social networking can present some great benefits for those whose career might depend on being able to engage with a large online audience. However, if you are going through a divorce, continuing to use social media can present some risks to the outcome of your case.
Here are some reasons why you should take a social media break until after your divorce is finalized:
- Social media rants are dangerous: Venting on social media is something we have likely all done at least once. If you start ranting about your spouse, however, this can seriously backfire on you. For example, if you have children, and you start badmouthing their parent online, a judge might not expect you to be a very cooperative co-parent, which could be one of the many factors he or she considers when making a decision regarding child custody and visitation. If you really need an outlet to purge yourself of the anger and negative feelings you are experiencing, consider hiring a therapist.
- Pictures can expose a lot: The only thing active social media users love more than a good rant is a photo album that can inspire envy. Oftentimes, people post pictures to make portray a life that is far more exciting than what it actually is in reality. Unfortunately, if you continue to do this throughout your divorce, you might end up harming your own case. You might not party too often, but if the only pictures you post are of you out at a bar or nightclub, your spouse might argue that you are irresponsible, an alcoholic, or that you are wasting marital assets on partying.
- You cannot know who your real friends are: In the world of social media, you might have a lot of “friends” and “followers,” but you can never really know who your true friends are. Some of the mutual friends you share with your spouse might not be loyal to you might relay the information you post to your soon-to-be ex-spouse. Regardless of the strength of your privacy settings, you cannot keep your online friends and followers from sharing information with the wrong person.
The best thing for you to do at this time is to lay off social media entirely. However, if this is not feasible for you, refrain from posting anything about your personal life and, if you are unsure about the content of a post, run it by your attorney first. Better to be safe than sorry!
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