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3 reasons to avoid social media during your divorce

Today, social media is an integral part of your everyday life. You may have a habit of posting about every aspect of your life. Now that your marriage is coming to an end, you probably get the temptation to vent to your friends on social media. Maybe you even want to show off your new single lifestyle. While this might feel like normal behavior, it is risky to use social media during divorce.

Your spouse can use the things you post on social media against you when it comes to the outcome of your divorce. Here is why you should tone down your activity on these websites and mobile apps.

1. Pictures can be damaging

While you try to get through the emotional turmoil of divorce, you might go out for a night with your friends and enjoy some drinks. A judge could perceive a harmless night of fun otherwise. If you post pictures drinking alcohol or doing drugs, a judge may interpret this as poor behavior. Things like this can affect custody decisions.

2. Displaying spending habits could hurt you

What you post on social media can say a lot about your finances. Did you spend big on a vacation or new car and post about it? Your spouse could use this as evidence to influence property division or spousal support battles. They could also use it as evidence of reckless behavior.

3. Posts are permanent

Once you put something on social media, it is out there forever. Even though you might be able to delete your post from your profile, you never know who took a screenshot of it. Stop yourself from posting rants or other risky interactions. Your spouse or even one of your friends may be watching to use your posts against you.

To learn more about how posting on social media can impact your divorce, read this Forbes article.

 

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