Even under ideal circumstances, divorces can be tremendously challenging. To get through yours, you must deal with some complicated emotions. You must also try not to make an already shaky situation worse. As you may suspect, your online activity may add fuel to the fire.
Social media plays an important role in modern society. You may use apps to market yourself, connect with old friends or entertain your followers. Still, you do not want your social media usage to make your divorce worse. This is true whether the end of your marriage is adversarial or collaborative. Here are four strategies you may want to follow until your divorce concludes.
- Think about the consequences
When you are going through a divorce, what you post on social networking sites matters. Broadcasting negative statements about your partner may be disastrous. Also, photographs of lavish spending or remarks about your children may complicate your divorce. Accordingly, always think about the consequences before posting to social media. If there is even a remote possibility that words or photographs posts may jeopardize your legal standing, stay quiet.
- Pass along useful information
Constantly monitoring your soon-to-be ex-spouse’s social media platforms can be both exhausting and toxic to your mental health. Therefore, think about unfollowing your significant other. Also, try not to read his or her online posts. If you happen to notice something, though, pass the post along to your attorney to evaluate.
The impersonal nature of social media makes it easy to forget there are real-world complications that come with certain posts. Rather than wondering if something you say online is apt to damage your divorce options, consider disengaging altogether. After all, you cannot post something harmful if you simply post nothing at all.
Social media seems to be everywhere these days. Usage is so common, in fact, that some experts have begun to recognize social networking addiction. If you can force yourself to disengage from social media until your divorce concludes, you may have more time to focus on other pursuits. Taking up a hobby, working out or reconnecting with in-person friends may help you better cope with your divorce than posting to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
Your divorce is not likely to derail your social media activity forever. Still, if your posts draw the ire of your future ex-spouse, your divorce may turn into an all-out battle.