Social media has had a substantial impact on how people interact with each other. Some studies have even determined that a link exists between the nature and amount of social media usage and the quality of a marriage. For couples who are navigating the divorce process, social media usage also has the potential to make things much worse. It is important to understand how to appropriately use social media while navigating a divorce. The following are some key points to keep in mind.
Exercise Care About What You Share on Social Media
Complaining about a former spouse or sharing information that should remain personal can create a number of problems for you during a divorce. Be careful about what type of information you decide to share on social media, including the photos that you post. Even comments that you might not think can be seen by others have the potential to end up being taken out of context in court.
Consider Getting Off Social Media Entirely
It is possible to post on social media so that only a small or select number of people can see your information, but one slip-up can cause substantial problems. Anyone you know can take a screenshot of your posts and share them with the world, regardless of your privacy settings. It is almost always best to simply avoid social media altogether during this strenuous time. If you do not want to entirely give up social media, you might consider drastically limiting your usage.
Follow Helpful Social Media Accounts
Many people on social media spend a great deal of time reading about what others are doing. If you are finding yourself uncertain or depressed after a divorce, there are a countless number of social media accounts that can provide help during this difficult time.
Monitor What Your Friends and Family Post
While you might believe that you are the only who controls your social media presence, this is not exactly true. Your friends and family can also share information about you in a way that could damage your reputation. Let your loved ones know to leave you out of their social media posts for now, and keep an eye on what they are sharing about you online.
Speak with an Experienced Divorce Attorney
If you have questions or concerns about the divorce process, you should not hesitate to speak with a knowledgeable family law attorney. Contact Vayman & Teitelbaum P.C. for help navigating the divorce process.