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How should you use social media during your divorce?

If you are like most people, using social media is part of your daily life. You may use these platforms to connect with others, entertain yourself and more.

Before your divorce, you may wonder if you should continue using social media. During this legal process, you can still use these sites, but you should be mindful about how you use them.

Consider your reputation

According to the Pew Research Center, approximately 72% of people in the U.S. use social media in some form. The content you post on social media contributes to your online reputation. Be aware that posts, comments and photos can count as evidence in legal proceedings. Maintain a positive and respectful online presence to safeguard your reputation, especially if you have children.

Communicate with your ex cautiously

Communication with your ex-spouse through social media platforms may not be the most prudent choice. Misinterpretations and misunderstandings can easily arise, leading to unnecessary conflicts. Consider using more private and direct means of communication to avoid complications.

Be mindful of sharing financial information

Refrain from sharing detailed financial information on social media, as this can impact divorce proceedings. Posting about significant purchases, job changes or financial windfalls may influence spousal support or property division negotiations.

Protect your emotional wellbeing

Social media can be a source of emotional support during a divorce, but you should use it wisely. Avoid venting about your ex-spouse or the divorce on public platforms.

Think before tagging and checking in

Be cautious about tagging locations and checking in on social media. Revealing your whereabouts can have implications for custody arrangements and may provide information that others could use against you.

Review and adjust privacy settings

Regularly review and adjust your privacy settings on social media platforms. Ensure that you set your profiles to your desired level of privacy, limiting access to your personal information.

Consider limiting your social media activity during the legal process. Taking a break from social media or using it more selectively can contribute to a healthier emotional state during divorce proceedings.

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