These days, almost everyone has a social media presence. For those going through a divorce, using social media can feel like an outlet, but it can also have a negative impact on the outcome of the legal proceedings.
According to researchers, social media use can have a negative impact on marriages, sometimes leading to divorce. With this in mind, here are the most important things to not do on your accounts if you are in the midst of ending your marriage.
Do not badmouth your partner
For many divorcing individuals, the temptation to share your frustrations about your soon-to-be-ex on social media is hard to avoid. However, your Facebook rant could end up as evidence used against you in court. If you need to vent, talk to a close friend or trusted family member instead.
Do not ask your friends to spy on your partner’s social media
If you and your spouse have unfollowed each other, keep it that way. Do not ask a friend who still follows your spouse to check in on what he or she is doing. This only stirs up contention and can put that friend in an awkward place where he or she has to choose between the two of you.
Do not post inappropriate photos
If you feel like going out drinking with friends to celebrate your divorce, do not post about it on your social media. The courts may see those images as evidence against your custody case or parenting time arrangements. Also, make sure no one tags you in any similar images.
You do not have to completely delete your social media when you are divorcing, but it is important to consider whether what you post could end up as evidence against you.