Social media is a huge part of life. Through social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook, X and others, we touch base with family and friends, meet new acquaintances and do business. But while social media might be a great platform for keeping in touch with the people in our cycles, its use while dealing with a legal matter like divorce can be detrimental.
If you are going through a divorce, it is in your best interest that you limit your social media activity. Here are two reasons why this is important:
Pictures speak louder than words
Photos are a wonderful way to give the world a glimpse of your life. However, posting some photos on social media while you are in the middle of a divorce is a big no.
Even what seems like an innocent photo of you partying with friends late into the night can provide so much information about your lifestyle. For instance, photos of an intoxicated person might be taken out of context. Your soon-to-be ex can use this as ammunition against you, especially when the subject of child custody comes up. Likewise, photos of yourself on a shopping spree can give the impression that you are trying to squander marital property.
Social media can start a gossip chain
Even if you go the extra length to control privacy settings on your social media accounts, some things can fall through the cracks. Actions like blocking your spouse or deleting their photos can spark rumors of a troubled relationship.
Divorce can be tough. While no law prevents you from sharing your thoughts and life with the world amidst your divorce, it’s important to understand your limits and avoid social media mistakes that can complicate your divorce.