Stay off social media during a divorce

In the new digital age, social media has become increasingly prevalent. It has become commonplace in numerous industries, including law. Social media posts frequently come up in new divorce proceedings as evidence to show how one spouse does not need as much alimony as he or she claims. 

In addition to not giving the spouse self-incriminating evidence, there are many other reasons why people going through divorce proceedings need to stay off Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. If for no other reason, putting the smartphone down once in a while will be good for your emotional health. 

You do not want to alienate mutual friends

You and your ex likely share mutual friends, or you may have each other’s family members as friends on Facebook. Bashing the other person on social media is bad form. No one wants to read that dirty laundry, and you do not want to entice the former spouse to post negative things about you. 

It prevents you from getting actual support

Airing grievances on social media may feel good in the moment, but it will not help you long-term emotionally. It is vital to have a support network of close friends and family members who can offer actual help as you divorce. The truth of the matter is that most friends people have on Facebook will not provide any real support. You need to be face-to-face with a person you trust to get that essential reassurance that everything will work out all right. 

You do not want potential employers seeing those posts

When you post negative status updates, you need to be aware that anyone could see them. In the event you apply for jobs later in life, hiring managers could find those posts and become cautious about hiring you. You do not want to give off the impression you will turn to social media every single time you have a grievance against someone. 

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Heidi L. Heinrich
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