If you regularly use social media, such as Facebook or Twitter, you likely understand its popularity. After all, social media connects individuals from around the globe. It is also vital for competing in the modern marketplace. Unfortunately, though, social media usage may increase your chances of divorce.
Even though many social media posts are harmless, others may cause you significant damage during divorce proceedings. To avoid harm, you may want to consider implementing some social media strategies.
1. Take a hiatus
In a recent study, more than 80% of divorce attorneys reported using social media posts as evidence in divorce cases. While there is nothing inherently wrong with posting on social media during a divorce, you probably cannot predict all possible consequences of your online statements. Therefore, you may want to take a temporary break from social media.
2. Think twice before posting
If you want to continue using social media during your divorce, you should be careful with what you post. Negative, disparaging and angry comments may feel cathartic, but they may also put you in a worse position. For example, if your spouse has agreed to a friendly or collaborative divorce, your adverse posts may change his or her mind.
3. Keep activity private
Most social media platforms have privacy settings that allow you to limit your audience. While you should assume anything you write may become public, you should also take advantage of privacy protections. Restricting content to only trusted individuals probably makes sense.
4. Avoid child-related matters
If you have children, your divorce may include a custody battle. When settling custody disputes, judges consider the best interests of the children. If your social media posts make you look like an unfit parent, you may not achieve the custody outcome you want.
Going through a divorce is challenging enough without shooting yourself in the foot. Fortunately, when you commit to a smart social media strategy, you improve your chances of emerging from your divorce in a better position than you are now.