Social media has likely become a normal part of your daily life. On a daily basis, you likely use these sites to check up on friends and family, receive news and information and simply entertain yourself.
According to the Pew Research Center, social media use is extremely common and approximately 7 out of 10 Americans use social media in some form. If you have plans to get divorced, you may wonder if you should continue using social media. The answer is that you can continue to use these sites, but you must do so carefully to protect your interests.
Avoid posting about your former spouse
Your spouse’s legal team could use the information they find on social media against you in court. For this reason, never vent about your divorce online. Instead, save these frustrations for conversations with close friends or family members.
Change your passwords as soon as possible
After you decide to get a divorce, change the passwords on all your social media accounts. This will prevent someone from gaining access to your profiles who does not have permission.
Update your privacy settings
Keep others from posting pictures and content on your social media accounts without getting approval from you first. Update the privacy settings on your profiles shortly after you decide to move forward with the divorce process.
If you feel like trying to use social media with caution is too much of a challenge during your divorce, consider taking a break from these sites for a little while. You may find this break helps you clear your head and cope with the emotional impact of ending your marriage.