Most people use social media actively. Whether to keep up with California friends and family, follow current stories, or vent about issues they are passionate about, social media has become the way many people communicate. However, if you are going through a divorce, staying off social media until it is finalized might be the best decision you can make.
Everything you post can show up in your divorce
Your social media activity, including your posts, photos and even your comments to others, can become evidence in your divorce proceedings. This is why it is in your best interest to avoid social media, or at least severely limit your participation, during the divorce. It is important to remember, as well, that what you post on social media is seen by everyone, so even if you no longer have your spouse in your social media circle, you might still have mutual acquaintances who might bring your information back to your spouse.
Social media can have an impact on your children
While you might believe that what you are posting is private, your children might have access to it in some form or hear about what you are posting from others. This can be hurtful to children, particularly if you are posting negative things about their other parent.
How should you behave if you stay on social media?
If you decide to continue posting on social media during the process, you will want to observe certain rules to protect yourself. These include:
- Posting positive messages or neutral things that will not result in triggering a response from your spouse
- Culling your circle of friends on social media to those who really support you and who will continue to be in your life post-divorce
- Using the highest privacy settings available in your accounts
Social media is a factor in many divorces. You can avoid it becoming one in yours.