Divorce and the Social Media Minefield

Divorce and Social MediaMost of us enjoy catching up with friends and family on Facebook, Twitter and Google+, but is it really a good idea to post things about your personal life? What if you’re going through a divorce?

You never know who’s looking at your social media profiles; your ex, his or her family and friends, or your kids might be dropping by.

Who else might show up? Your ex’s lawyer.

Divorce and the Social Media Minefield
While your Durham divorce lawyer has probably already talked to you about dating during divorce (and why you should avoid it like the plague), your other activities might give your ex some leverage against you.

Loose Lips Sink Ships
Are you posting pictures of the night you went out with friends while you had the kids? Maybe you’ve posted something horrible about your ex, or perhaps you’re tweeting about someone special you just met.

These are all things that could be used against you during your divorce. Even if you’re not posting much (or at all), your first step should be to make all of your social media profiles private.

It’s always a good idea to keep your personal business to yourself. Most divorce lawyers have battled through cases that involve extreme hostility, and your attorney might advise you to keep your private life away from social media so you can avoid the potential fallout.

Don’t Forget Your Kids
Many parents allow their kids to participate on social media sites, and if you’re one of them, keep their feelings in mind. Your children can even see the comments you post on other pages, so be careful what you say about their other parent. Make sure you’re not uploading (or allowing your friends to upload) photos of you behaving in a way that you wouldn’t want them to see.

It’s always nice to use social media for meaningful connections. Just be careful that you’re connecting in the right ways, especially when you’re going through a divorce.


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