Stay away from social media during a divorce
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Stay away from social media during a divorce

On Behalf of | Aug 14, 2023 | Family Law

Every year, thousands of Virginia couples make the difficult decision to divorce. Divorce proceedings usually take months to complete, and that time period is generally extremely stressful for all involved.

Make your divorce less stressful

If you’re going through a divorce or planning to do so soon, it’s important to understand certain things, like avoiding social media, that you can do to mitigate stress and potential conflict. Not using social media will not necessarily have ramifications when it comes to family law or the resolution of your divorce, but it may improve you and your family’s quality of life.

Avoiding social media during a divorce

Social media can sometimes be a contributor to divorce, especially in cases in which one or both partners are highly active social media users. During a divorce, it may be tempting to continue that usage, but it may make things worse.

You should avoid, at all costs, the temptation to post negative social media content about your divorce proceeding or your partner. While it might feel cathartic in the short term, you’re inviting numerous problems by doing so.

From retaliation by your partner to the emotional damage caused when your children, family members and friends see these negative posts, it’s simply not worth it. And in extreme examples, social media posts can be a factor against you in the divorce.

How to handle social media during a divorce

If it’s possible and doesn’t impact your life unduly, it may be wise to remain entirely absent from social media for the period during which your divorce is being resolved.

If you choose to continue to use social media, try to limit yourself to positive affirmations and nonspecific content about your life. Avoid posting specific details about what you’re doing away from your partner, especially vacations or any new friendships or relationships you’ve developed.

And ask your loved ones and friends to limit their comments about your divorce or partner on social media as well. Another person posting negative content can do similar damage to your own postings.

Social media usage can cause trouble during a divorce proceeding, and you should avoid it if you can. If you can’t, try to limit your exposure, and maintain your positivity.