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3 reasons to stay off social media during divorce

Divorce is a stressful, emotional time for couples. There are a lot of frustrations caused by the process and by your ex-spouse. It's natural to want to vent your feelings a bit. There is nothing wrong with wanting to express yourself, but it is worth being mindful of where and how you do so.

Social media is an easy way to keep in touch with family and friends who live near and far, and it allows us to share the big and small moments of our lives. While there is certainly nothing wrong with alerting your Facebook friends that you are going through a divorce, it is best to not go into the details. Here are three reasons why.

Your ex could find your post

Some social media users may feel more confident about sharing on social media if their ex-spouse to-be does not use social media. If you have secure privacy settings on your account you may feel there is no chance they will see those posts regardless. But in some cases, the privacy settings on social media are not as secure as we'd hope and someone sees the post anyway.

Making loved ones pick sides

Another reason not to post on social media is that even if you're positive your ex-spouse won't see it, your family and friends will - many of whom may still be in contact with your ex. Someone who says something offhand about a post you made to an ex could end up causing problems during divorce proceedings.

Beyond the content getting back to your ex, posting on social media can make your family and friends feel forced to choose sides. This is particularly hurtful if you have older or grown children who are on social media and can see posts that seemingly or directly bash their parent.

Social media as electronic evidence

If your divorce proceedings turn sour and you have a contested divorce, your social media posts could come back to haunt you. If your ex finds them or someone shares the posts with them, they may use your words against you as evidence in court.

For these reasons, the best policy is to keep the details of your divorce private and off social media. Instead, identify a friend or family member who can be a nonjudgmental shoulder to cry on and will keep your privacy.

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