Social media has become an integral part of our lives, but its influence can extend beyond sharing updates and photos. According to the Pew Research Center, around half of American adults use social media to get news, at least part of the time.
When going through a divorce, you should recognize how social media can potentially harm the process.
The popularity of social media
Almost 5 billion people globally use social media. The average American has 7.1 accounts and spends 127 minutes daily accessing them.
Each social media platform has its own audience. Some are more popular with younger adults, while others have other audiences. Regardless of where you post, someone will see it.
Public airing of grievances
Posting personal grievances or venting frustrations about your ex-spouse on social media can make conflicts worse. Publicly sharing negative emotions can escalate tensions and complicate the divorce proceedings.
Divorce often involves sensitive information. Oversharing details about the divorce on social media may compromise your privacy and that of your family. Be cautious about what you share to protect sensitive aspects of the process.
Misinterpretation of posts
Social media posts are easy to misinterpret. A seemingly innocent picture or status update can lead to misunderstandings or even legal implications. Consider the potential impact of your posts on the divorce process.
Evidence in court
What you post on social media may be evidence during divorce proceedings. Courts may consider your online activity when determining matters such as child custody or spousal support.
Deleted social media posts can still impact divorce proceedings. Courts may consider archived content, and even erased posts can resurface. Be mindful of how your posts will appear in a legal context.
Impact on children
Children can suffer from their parents’ social media activity. Publicly discussing the divorce or posting content that portrays one parent negatively can harm the well-being of the children involved. Prioritize their emotional health by avoiding such actions.
Implications for negotiations
Social media can influence the negotiation process. Posts about new relationships, extravagant purchases or lifestyle changes may impact financial settlements. Consider the potential repercussions on your divorce negotiations before sharing such information.
Divorce can bring out heightened emotions, leading to online harassment or cyberbullying. Be aware of the potential for such behavior, take steps to protect yourself and maintain a civil online environment.
By being conscientious about your social media presence during a divorce, you can mitigate potential harm and navigate the process more smoothly.