It’s a well-known fact that social media can harm marriages. It can reduce marriage quality and contribute to marital relationship neglect.
Some spouses find out their partner is cheating through social media. For example, according to one study, Facebook is mentioned as a cause in one of every five U.S. divorces.
Along with impacting your marriage, using social media can also impact the divorce process. Learn more here.
Social media use during divorce
When filing for divorce, you may go on social media to vent about your problems and get support from friends and family. You may turn to these platforms if you are in pain, too.
While browsing, you may see posts from your ex-spouse that makes it seem like they are doing great and happy about the situation, which increases your rage, jealousy or grief. All this can result in rash decisions and posts you may regret later on.
Halt social media use during divorce
If you avoid posting on social media, then your spouse won’t have anything to retaliate over. They won’t be triggered to post something about you, either. Also, avoiding social media during a divorce will allow you to focus on yourself and your children.
Avoid posting anything negative
If you decide to post on social media, don’t post anything negative about your spouse or anyone they know. Also, avoid posting when you are upset. Everything you post online is public and your spouse may still see it – even if you have blocked them.
Getting through your divorce
Sometimes, posts on social media can even be used against you. For example, if you are seeking alimony but post pictures of lavish vacations, the alimony request may be rejected. Be sure to know your legal options and protect your rights during this difficult time.