Social media is often a double-edged sword, particularly when you are going through a divorce. What seems like a few healthy online interactions can give you a jolt of positivity in a difficult time, but the reality is that anything you say or do on your social media accounts during a divorce can come back to haunt you in court.
If possible, it is best to avoid social media entirely until the conclusion of your divorce. At the very least, though, there are a few particularly bad habits to avoid on social media when undergoing a marital split.
Posting about a new relationship
Updating your relationship status to reflect a new partner can be exciting, especially if you are emerging from an unhappy marriage. However, your soon-to-be ex-spouse and their legal team might use your social media posts to claim you are guilty of adultery or spending marital assets in another relationship.
Showing off expensive purchases
Similarly, posting photos of expensive items you buy might also attract accusations of wasting or stealing marital finances. You should also avoid revealing your location through social media posts, as this might indicate that you are spending money on unnecessary traveling during your divorce.
Venting about your spouse
Expressing your frustration, rage or sadness over social media can be cathartic, but remember that your spouse can find these posts even if they do not have direct access to your feed. If your comments disparage your spouse in any way and eventually end up in the courtroom, they can do severe damage to your case.
There is often a lot at stake in a divorce, so it is important to strengthen your case however possible. Careless use of social media has the opposite effect and can result in unfavorable outcomes.