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4 social media mistakes that could affect your divorce

Using social media is something many people do numerous times every day. And it can become even more common during difficult events, like a divorce.

However, it can be wise to consider curbing social media use during a divorce. Too often, people say or do things online that adversely affect themselves, their families, their ex or the legal process. This can be particularly true when people make the following mistakes.

  1. Believing everything you read. There is a lot of false or misleading information about divorce in the social media world. This includes unrealistic portrayals of a "happy" divorce and misinterpretations of various laws. As such, it is crucial to be judicious about what you read. When in doubt, consult someone with direct experience with the process, like your lawyer.
  2. Oversharing information about your divorce. It might feel good to vent about your ex or the details of your agreements online, but doing so could create more problems than you expect. It could make your ex angry and less willing to negotiate; it could violate the terms of any confidentiality agreement you might have; it could paint you in an unflattering light.
  3. Portraying a different lifestyle. It is no secret that people use social media to make their lives – and even their physical appearances – look more appealing. However, bragging about a new car or promotion, sharing pictures of yourself on vacation with a new partner or checking in at places you shouldn’t be at can work against you during divorce. Such portrayals could contradict what you might have said in court and be used against you.
  4. Letting it negatively affect your mental status. Going online can be an enjoyable escape, but it can quickly become unhealthy. Seeing an ex talk about someone new, reading about other people’s weddings or getting reminders of old photos and statuses from happier times can make you feel upset and sad. Or, you might find yourself engaging in unhealthy behaviours that wouldn’t engage in offline. These interactions and experiences can make you feel badly and negatively impact your well-being.

Considering all the ways in which social media could have an unfortunate effect on you and your divorce, it could be wise to consider taking a break from it.

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