In today’s digital age, social media plays a role in many people’s lives. While these sites can be a useful tool for staying connected and sharing experiences, how you use these platforms may change when you decide to get divorced.
When going through divorce, posting personal details or emotionally charged information on social media can impact your case, especially because it is difficult to completely delete information after it is online. Although you do not need to stop using these platforms, you should take steps to protect yourself and your interests online during divorce proceedings.
Update your privacy settings
According to the Pew Research Center, approximately 72% of people in the U.S. use social media in some form, and it can be difficult to regulate what gets posted about you online. To maintain control over your online information, review and adjust your privacy settings on social media platforms. Limit access to your posts, photos and personal information to only trusted friends and family.
Think before you post
During divorce, emotions can run high, leading to impulsive posts or comments. Pause and think before sharing anything online and consider how the court might interpret your words or actions.
Respect your spouse’s boundaries
Show respect for your ex-partner’s boundaries when you use different online platforms. Refrain from posting content that others could see as harassing, threatening or invasive. Behavior like this could not only harm your divorce proceedings but also lead to legal consequences.
While social media can be a valuable source of support, it is still important to have face-to-face conversations with friends and family as you navigate your divorce. Share your feelings and concerns in a more private setting where you can receive emotional support without the risk of compromising your case.