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Feb 8 2021

Best Practices for Handling Social Media During Your Divorce

While many people turn to social media to share the details of their lives, this is not a good idea when it comes to your divorce.

Knowing that divorce is one of the most stressful experiences a person can go through, strong emotions can cloud your judgement. Posting an update about your situation with hope of finding support and comfort may negatively impact your case. Our experienced family law attorneys provide sound guidance for navigating social media and protecting yourself during your divorce.

The best strategy is to stop using social media altogether. It is preferable that you close or deactivate your accounts for the time being. However, do not delete any information. Deleting posts or trying to hide information is a bad idea and will not be looked upon favorably by the court; we may also need them later. You also want to avoid being tagged in inappropriate photos or posts. This is especially helpful if you are seeking custody of your children; photos of you drinking and partying will not paint you in a good light.

If you continue with an online presence, use caution with what you share. In all instances, take the high road; do not badmouth your spouse, respond to negative posts, or share memes that make jokes about divorce, even if your spouse is not on that particular platform.  Posts that seem funny or harmless to you can be viewed with scrutiny by the opposing counsel and may be used against you.

A good rule of thumb is to envision a judge reading your tweets, posts, and shares. What kind of picture would you present to them?

Be proactive in protecting yourself and your children from the negative side effects of social media during your divorce. Write in a journal or talk with a trusted friend or therapist rather than sharing your troubles publicly.

The stressful and emotional experience of divorce deserves privacy and respect. With Atticus Family Law, S. C., you’ll get a team that will work with you to pursue a custom plan to secure your needs, a fair resolution of finances, and a clear set rules for your future. Contact us today to get started.

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