Social media has changed the way that people throughout the country interact with one another.
While social media has enabled new forms of communication, it has also presented new obstacles. For example, statistics reveal an increase in the number of divorce cases in which social media sites like Facebook are involved.
For individuals who are already going through a divorce, social media can create a number of more serious problems. The following will review some of the important social media strategies that people navigating a divorce should remember to follow.
Think Twice About Posting on Social Media
If you post something on social media and later regret it, it might be too late if others have read or seen the post. Things like ranting about a former spouse or posting other types of negative comments can only hurt your negotiation. In some cases, social media posts could also be used against you.
Delete Questionable Posts
If you are beginning the divorce process and have previously used social media to vent about your relationship, it is important to take actions to erase these posts. You might even consider enhancing your privacy settings or changing your password to increase the security of posts on your social media accounts.
Avoid Posting Pictures of Any Substantial Purchases
Posting pictures of any expensive item on social media could create the illusion that your financial situation is much better than it actually is. In some cases, posting these details could end up influencing the amount of alimony or child support that you are awarded.
Avoid Posting About Your Children
If you feel it is necessary or important to do so, you can continue posting details about your children’s various achievements and activities during the divorce process. You should refrain, however, from posting details about how traumatic or trying the divorce process has been for the children or yourself. These comments could end up influencing custody decisions.
If You are Dating, Keep it Private
Even if you were not seeing someone at the time that the divorce was initiated, it is a wise idea to keep details of your social or romantic life off of social media. Not only could this have a negative effect on custody decisions, it could also negatively affect alimony.
Realize the Advantage of Social Media
If you decide to maintain a social media page during your divorce, realize that the primary advantage of this account is to gain support from friends and family during this difficult time in your life.
Social media can also facilitate face-to-face video conversations, which can play a powerful role in maintaining bonds with your kids.
Speak with an Experienced Divorce Attorney
There are a number of complex issues involved with divorce. Even if you feel like you are prepared for the process, you can suddenly find yourself facing unanticipated problems.
If you need the assistance of an experienced family law attorney to help you navigate this difficult situation, do not hesitate to contact Vayman & Teitelbaum, P.C. today to schedule a free initial consultation.