Should I Avoid Social Media throughout the Divorce Process?

There are few things more stressful than going through a divorce. Unfortunately, roughly 50 percent of the population gets divorced. That said, because divorce is often such a tumultuous time, those going through the process may feel the need to vent to others about it. While this is entirely understandable, the truth is that there are productive ways to do so, and there are certain not-so-productive ways to do so. Simply put, speaking in person with a trusted friend, family member, or therapist is productive, while writing about your divorce in texts/emails or posting about it on social media is not. Please continue reading and reach out to a seasoned Mansfield divorce lawyer from the Law Offices of Cynthia L. Hanley to learn more about why you need to avoid social media during your divorce and how our legal team can help you fight for the best possible outcome.

Why do I need to avoid social media during my divorce?

There are several reasons why you need to avoid using social media during your divorce. Just some of those reasons are as follows:

  • Your divorce should be as private as possible. Though divorce typically does become part of the public record, the whole world doesn’t need to know every last detail about your divorce. By posting these details on Twitter, Facebook, or anywhere else, you forfeit the element of privacy.
  • Judges do not approve of this behavior. Even if you believe your ex is entirely responsible for your divorce, such as by committing an act of adultery, if it’s brought to a judge’s attention that you were “trash talking” your spouse on social media, you can bet that it will not have a positive impact on the outcome of your divorce.
  • Anything you post/write can, and will, be used against you. To start, if you decide to send your ex threatening text messages, or even if you said nasty things to your ex over text in the heat of an argument, it can be brought to a judge’s attention. Additionally, even certain “innocent” social media posts can be used against you. For example, if you’re seeking alimony or child support but post pictures of you getting fancy dinners, taking lavish vacations, or purchasing luxury vehicles, your ex can argue that you don’t “truly” need financial support. Even a post of you having drinks with friends on a Friday night can be twisted into your spouse alleging you have a substance abuse issue and are, therefore, unfit to get custody of your child.

The bottom line is that if you can, you should ultimately avoid posting to your social media accounts until your legal matter is resolved.

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