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3 tips for smart social media usage amid divorce

On Behalf of | Oct 7, 2019 | Divorce

These days, people rely on social media for everything from finding relationships to finding employment. If you are like many people across Texas, you may find yourself using social media multiple times throughout the day. While, in many cases, you can do so without causing too much trouble, using social media amid divorce can prove problematic if you are not careful about the things you post and how you interact with others.

In some cases, the things you post online during an ongoing divorce can come back to haunt you, so, generally speaking, the more you can abstain from using it entirely, the better off you may be. If abstaining from social media usage entirely until your divorce finalizes is simply not realistic for you, though, these three tips may help you avoid unnecessary social media conflict.

Tip #1: Avoid showing off a new relationship

While you may try to establish new contacts or renew existing relationships through social media once your marriage ends, you would be wise to leave such relationships offline. Posting, say, pictures of you on what appears to be a date may give your ex reason to argue that you were unfaithful, for example. As tempting as it may be to showcase the fact that you have moved on, resist the temptation.

Tip #2: Avoid incriminating yourself in any manner

While showing off a new romantic interest may count as incriminating yourself, you should also exercise caution before posting, say, pictures of an expensive vacation, an evening out or a new car purchase. This is particularly true if you plan to pursue spousal maintenance from your former partner and have to make your case for needing it.

Tip #3: Avoid sharing too much information

Sharing personal details about what led to your breakup is, at best, tacky. In some cases, it can come back to bite you. Say a prospective employer checks out your profiles after a job interview and this person sees you publicly bashing your ex. This is not a good look, and it may even affect your ability to land the position.

In summary, avoiding social media entirely until your divorce becomes final may be your best bet at avoiding unnecessary conflict, stress and hardship.


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