Unfriending drama: A guide to social media during your divorce

On Behalf of | Jun 2, 2024 | Divorce

In today’s hyper-connected world, social media is often ground zero for sharing life’s moments, big and small. But during a divorce, those carefree posts can quickly turn into legal landmines.

Here’s how to navigate the social media landscape during your divorce to avoid unnecessary pitfalls.

From #HappilyEverAfter to #LawyerUp: The social media minefield

Divorce is an emotionally charged time, and social media can be a tempting outlet for venting frustrations or sharing cryptic updates. However, before you hit “post,” consider the potential consequences:

  • Evidence in court: Anything you post online, from seemingly harmless comments to vacation photos, could be used as evidence. Be mindful of how your posts might portray your finances, parenting skills or emotional state.
  • Fueling the flames: Social media can inflame tensions with your ex-spouse and their family. Public mudslinging only creates negativity and complicates communication.
  • Privacy concerns: Divorce proceedings can get messy, and social media posts can expose private details that could be used to harass you or your children.

Remember that even in “private” groups, someone could still share a photo or a post. If there is information you need to share with loved ones, you may want to stick to more secure methods.

Social media savvy during your divorce

While going completely dark may seem extreme, there are ways to maintain a social media presence during your divorce without creating problems:

  • Privacy settings: Review and tighten your privacy settings on all platforms. Limit who can see your posts and consider creating a separate account for close friends and family.
  • Think before you post: Take a deep breath and pause before hitting “post.” Ask yourself if the content is appropriate, respectful and unlikely to be misconstrued.
  • Focus on the positive: Social media can be a source of support during this challenging time. Focus on positive updates, uplifting quotes or photos of loved ones who are supporting you.

If you’re unsure whether a post is appropriate, it’s always best to err on the side of caution and avoid sharing it. Remember, the world of social media moves fast, but a regrettable post can have lasting consequences in your divorce settlement.