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Avoid social media during your divorce

On Behalf of | Jun 30, 2022 | Divorce

Research has shown that social media can have a negative impact on romantic relationships. Using social media can also be problematic if you have filed for divorce, and this may be especially true if you are seeking custody of a child.

Anything that you post can be used against you

It’s almost a guarantee that your spouse will eagerly scrutinize your social media content for anything that can be used as leverage for a better divorce settlement. You can also be fairly confident that your spouse’s friends, family members and legal advisers will be doing the same thing. The best way to frustrate their efforts is to simply say nothing until the case is resolved.

Social media can have a negative impact on your mental health

Social media posts are generally curated to make it seem as if everyone is living an easy and carefree life. When contrasted with the stress that you are likely feeling about your own circumstances, it may seem as if you’re somehow failing as a person. This can lead to negative thinking, which can make it harder to be strong for yourself, your kids and others who may need you. It could also cause you to say or do things that might undermine your chances of obtaining a favorable outcome in your case.

You don’t want your kids to see any unsavory content

Avoiding social media may be ideal if your kids are old enough to use it themselves. You don’t want them to see negative comments about their other parent or witness online conflicts. This may also embarrass them as all of their friends can see this behavior as well. Leading by example and taking the high road are excellent strategies.

If you are going through a divorce, it’s generally best to say as little as possible. This is true whether you were going to say it online, through text messages or directly to a friend or family member.