The divorce process can feel frightening, stressful, and emotionally draining. Social media has become a trusted, compassionate, thoughtful source of emotional support for many people who are going through a divorce.
Using Social Media During Divorce, can offer a sense of belonging, validation, and comfort and mitigate feelings of anxiety. However, divorce and social media do not always mix well, even though social media can be a good coping strategy. Essentially, people can use Facebook and other social media channels in a way that negatively impacts the outcome of their divorce.
People going through a divorce make certain social media posts on Google and Facebook that can inevitably cause conflict and pain both in court and outside of court. Here are 5 tips for you to ensure your social media activity does not negatively affect your divorce proceedings:
1) Avoid Being Tagged In Inappropriate Posts Or Photos
Content published on social channels can be discovered. In other words, anything you post on social media can be viewed and considered in a court of law during a divorce. Be careful about making remarks about your partner’s new social life, drinking habits, avocations, and more. It’s fine to express these feelings and opinions, but if they’re posted on a social channel, they could create a conflict and complicate your divorce.
How can you prevent this? If you want your timeline posts to be hidden until you approve them, change the settings in Facebook. The request can be denied if you don’t like it. Additionally, you can modify your settings so that it won’t be possible to be tagged in posts on another person’s wall.
2) Do Not Let Children See The Content
Children, especially minors, deserve privacy during a divorce. During a divorce, children deserve your unconditional support and encouragement. Despite the fact that it may appeal to you or be positive to them, sharing content about them on social networks violates their privacy.
Due to the relatively new nature of social media channels in our society. we are not sure how long our published content will remain searchable. Consider so long as the content lives forever that you won’t have to explain to your children why you published what you published about them during your divorce.
3) Make Sure You Change Your Passwords
In a marriage, you often have to share everything. Including your phone, email, and social media passwords. Perhaps you simply have the login information for all of these accounts saved on your computer so you don’t need to log in whenever you want to see something. Therefore, anyone who has access to your computer can log into your account and see your page.
During the initial divorce stages, it is always recommended that access to social media pages, telephones, email accounts, and computers be changed or updated.
4) Avoid Discussing Your Case Online
In social media and divorce, the best rule is to never post anything when in doubt. Things you see and read online can be taken out of context and taken out of context by people. It is easy for the reader to interpret something you post online, which can cause problems in a divorce case.
Keep your divorce off of your social media feed when you are going through the divorce process. It is perfectly safe to tell people that you will speak to them offline or in person regarding the divorce. People will be quick to respect your wishes once you make it clear you won’t discuss your divorce on the internet.
5) Do Not Look Up Divorce Procedures Online
During a divorce, people consult the internet every step of the way. Despite the fact that reading about approaches online can be informative. I encourage people to speak with an experienced divorce lawyer to ensure they are receiving advice that appropriately fits their circumstances.
Even though people often read background information online and via social media. They should always realize that there is no substitute for helpful, focused counsel. When reading online, it is easy to assume that the information is true. However, this is often not the case.
We live in an era where social media is an integral part of our day-to-day lives. Additionally, social media can be a great way to stay in touch, learn news, enjoy, and stay connected. These are some positive aspects of social media.
Finally, one last rule on social media and divorce. You do not have to delete your social media accounts. But whenever you post anything on a social media channel, think, the judge saw this, would it hurt my case? If the answer at all is yes, refrain from posting. Social media is a channel through which you broadcast your life. Even though that might be acceptable under certain circumstances, it is not acceptable during a divorce.
At Hussain Law, we focus on helping our clients navigate the emotional and financial challenges of separation and divorce. Our office remains fully operational, and we have implemented various new procedures that allow us to continue to advise clients seamlessly during this time. If you have a family law issue that you need assistance with, please contact Ayesha Hussain at 647-428-3919.