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The Dos and Don'ts of Using Social Media During Your Divorce

We are more connected than ever today, which isn't always a good thing. Being so connected and accessible can make it hard to disengage and to establish the line between sharing and over sharing.

This is particularly evident when it comes to divorce and social media. In fact, as discussed in this Huffington Post article, social media plays a huge role in divorce. Before you make any mistakes online that could jeopardize your real-world life, it can be wise to consider some "Dos and Don'ts" with regard social media use during a divorce.

Do:

  • Imagine a judge reading all your statuses and posts out loud in court before you post anything to avoid ill-advised statements
  • Change your passwords to prevent an ex from accessing your accounts
  • Review the privacy and sharing policies of each site to understand who can see your posts
  • Focus on sharing positive stories and events
  • Limit social media use; becoming obsessed with posting or reading other people's posts can compromise your well-being
  • Consider taking a break from social media altogether

Don't:

  • Use social media to vent; it could come back to haunt you in court
  • Assume anything you do or say is anonymous
  • Share information or photos out of revenge
  • Exploit your kids or guilt them into de-friending or spying on the other parent 
  • Post incriminating statements or photos of yourself
  • Attempt to resolve disputes through social media

Taking these tips into consideration can help you avoid bad behaviors and some of the pain associated with moving on after divorce.

Should you have questions or concerns about what you or your ex is doing online during your divorce, it would be wise to talk to an attorney about them. Your attorney can help you figure out what specific actions could help or hurt your case when it comes to using social media.

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