Divorce and Social Media

Social media has become an important part of our lives as the average person spends over 140 minutes on social media a day. However, when going through a divorce, you may want to be a little more cautious about how you're using your favorite social platforms. Here are four tips to follow when using social media while going through a divorce.

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Change Your Social Media Passwords

Even if you do not think your spouse has access to your social media accounts, it's a good idea to change your passwords just in case. Although you don't want to assume the worst, know that there is a chance that your partner will check all your accounts and messages using your passwords in order to use information against you. Even if you and your spouse are in the process of trying to settle your differences or working on entering into amicable settlements, it is still safe to change your passwords. Resetting all your lock codes and combinations will take a lot of time, but it is a necessary thing to do.

Don't Use Social Media To Talk About Your Spouse

Put simply, refrain from venting about anything related to your divorce to your friends and followers on social media as it can end up hurting your case in court. Email, Facebook messages, text messages, and public social media posts are all potentially admissible forms of evidence. Sharing information that contradicts formal agreements could preclude from receiving a fair settlement.

While it might feel good to tell the world what you really think about your ex, social media is not the place. Whether your opinion is good or bad, you should keep it offline. Or at least, keep it between yourself and the people you have a real-life, in-person relationship with. Talk to your friends, your family, or even a mental health professional. Divorce is difficult, and it’s healthy to voice your feelings at the appropriate time and place.

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Don't Post Anything You Wouldn't Want To Be Seen In Court

Anything posted online can be used against you in court. Do not post anything on social media that is questionable, illegal, or could be considered immoral. Don’t allow social media to set the narrative of who you are as a person or as a parent. This could have severe consequences to you when it comes to a determination of your child’s best interests for custody.

Approve Pictures And Posts Before They Go Public

While you can control what you post, you may not be able to control what your friends and family decide to post. While going through a divorce, remember to ask friends and family to get your permission before posting pictures with you or tagging you in certain locations.

Look at your privacy settings on social media platforms, such as Facebook, as you may have the option to approve images and tags before they appear on your social feeds. With these settings applied, you will be given the permission to approve posts you've been featured in before they hit social media while having the option to keep pictures of you from being published.

Lastly, it's important to note that social media can be an excellent tool while navigating divorce, when used wisely. Please take advantage of its resources. For more articles like this, follow us on Facebook at @HoustonDivorceNow. For any legal questions you may have, follow us at @leelegalgroup.

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