Divorce and social media: Costly mistakes that can hurt your case

On Behalf of | Dec 27, 2021 | Divorce |

When a marriage ends in divorce, it is not uncommon for either party to feel resentful, angry and betrayed. During those emotionally challenging times, you are likely to turn to your social media platform to pour out your heart. 

However, it is important to understand that what you say or do on social media can hurt your divorce case, especially if children are involved. Here are three costly social media mistakes that you may want to avoid during the divorce process:

Bashing your soon-to-be-ex

Divorce is an emotional process. And it can get even worse when you and your spouse do not see eye-to-eye on a number of issues. However, taking to social media to lash out at your spouse is clearly not the right approach to dealing with your frustrations. 

Using social media to talk ill of your spouse can frustrate your negotiations, prolong the divorce process and hurt your child custody case. If you have to express your feelings, you are better off chatting with a trusted friend rather than airing your dirty linen in public. 

Stalking your spouse

Whether directly or through proxies, stalking your spouse while going through a divorce is wrong. Do not do it. Make a conscious decision not to spy on your spouse either directly or through third parties. This way, your divorce will be less dramatic and you will approach sensitive issues like child custody and spousal support with a clear mindset.

Sharing too much information

Putting your personal drama online for the world to see can hurt your future relationships and even career. Remember, what you post online remains online. Besides your family and close friends, no one really wants to know what happened, and those posts or tweets might show up when a potential employer runs a background check on you. And you do not want them coming across posts that bring your character into question.

There is no doubt that divorce can be difficult for anyone. That being said, it is important that you avoid social media mistakes that can damage your position.