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Why your divorce does not belong on social media

In many ways, social media has become the way you reach out to family and friends. Rather than making phone calls and having chats over coffee, you may tell your loved ones that you have gone through a significant life change by making a post on social media.

For many life changes, social media can be an efficient way to tell a larger friend group about the news in your life. When it comes to topics like divorce, however, your social media post can impact the results of an ongoing case.

Here’s what you should consider before posting about your divorce on social media.

Social media is public

Many platforms offer a false sense of security when it comes to your posts. There are intricate settings that make it seem like only the specific people in your designated social circle can see what you put on social media.

While your profile may be restricted, the people who can see your post can screenshot and share the information without your knowledge. Information you intended to share with a limited group can quickly become public and become evidence in your divorce case.

Social media can haunt your kids

Once your post is on social media, it can be difficult or impossible to delete the information. Your children may not be old enough for accounts now. Still, eventually, your children may see the post about a messy divorce with their other parent.

Divorce can be difficult for children because of the change in their sense of normalcy. When they start seeing their parents’ disagreements on social media, it can feel like their deepest struggles are public information.

You still need support

Going through a divorce is a difficult time. You do not need to feel like you are alone in dealing with your divorce. Rather than reaching out to social media, try scheduling a time to chat, either in-person or on a video call, with a close friend or family member.