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Why divorce and social media are a bad mix

On Behalf of | Dec 30, 2021 | Divorce

South Carolina couples who are in the process of going through a divorce might be tempted to talk about it on social media. Divorce can be hard, so it’s perfectly natural to want to share details of the experience. However, social media posts last a long time and often reach beyond just close friends and family. Using social media during bad patches of your marriage or divorce can have severe consequences for your relationship and the trial.

Why you should take a social media break during a divorce

Posting negative things while going through a hard time can have long-lasting consequences. Things that you posted years ago can get dragged up by your spouse’s lawyer during the divorce process.

Venting about your soon-to-be ex-spouse on social media during the divorce process can hurt your case. Posts complaining about your children or finances can also be used against you during the trial.

Even happy posts can be used against you. A lawyer might use a photo of you going out to eat or a post about your new promotion as evidence that you don’t need alimony payments.

What if you want to stay on social media?

If you want to stay on social media, avoid sharing any relationship updates or posting pictures of purchases. You should also change your privacy settings and consider unfriending your soon-to-be-ex and all their family on social media. If you have shared friends, you should consider temporarily restricting their access to what you post.

Use your best judgment

Before posting or sharing anything on social media, you should ask yourself what an outside person might think about it. Using your best judgment is the best way to avoid sharing something you shouldn’t.