Should you use social media during a divorce?

On Behalf of | Dec 22, 2022 | Divorce, Family Law |

Social media can bring people together, no matter where they are in the world. However, it can also cause conflict and strife when a person is in the midst of divorce.

The truth is social media usage can affect your divorce negatively in many cases. It can add to your stress as you navigate the process or make you aware of a situation that causes depression or anxiety. Here are a few things to consider about social media and whether it is beneficial during divorce.

How can social media usage affect your divorce?

Seeing happy people on social media while your relationship is in trouble can often incur bad feelings. It may also add to your stress if you feel the need to check up on your ex and how their life is going. Along with making life more difficult for you and your family, bad feelings can also cloud your judgment when it comes to divorce.

Posting on social media can also possibly impact your divorce case. For instance, if you make a post that upsets your former spouse, they may be more rigid during negotiations than they would normally. In this case, you may inadvertently derail your divorce strategy with an ill-conceived post.

What should you do instead?

The best thing you can do during a divorce is to deactivate your social media pages. In addition to reducing stress and preserving your mental wellness, avoiding social media can prevent you from inadvertently damaging your case. If you choose to remain on certain platforms, limit posts and refrain from speaking poorly about your ex. Try to remain positive and upbeat, especially if you have children.

You should also change privacy settings to the highest possible level to stop others from reading your posts. And if you currently share mutual friends with your ex-spouse, you should consider unfriending them to keep your feed secure and private.