Social Media and Divorce

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Jun 30, 2023 | Content

Even the smoothest divorce can trigger deep isolation. In this dark place, many people turn to social media – for escape or to tell their stories. While this is understandable, and many of us use social media to stay in touch with old friends and family in different parts of the world, the difficult truth is that venting on Facebook or posting on Instagram will not bring you the confidence, love, and connection you crave. Here are a few common questions regarding social media and divorce and how it might impact your proceedings. For even more information and individualized legal guidance, reach out to our team of trusted divorce attorneys.

Should I Stop Posting on Social Media During My Divorce?

You do not have to cut yourself off from social media entirely, but you should be extremely careful about what you post. Social media posts and comments are discoverable evidence, meaning your ex-spouse’s attorney can find them and use them against you in court.

Can Posting on Social Media Impact My Custody Battle?

Yes! Social media posts can be used as evidence against you or your ex-spouse. This can work in your favor if, for example, your ex misses their custody visitation because of “work” but posts photos from vacation in Tahiti. Your attorney can use those posts as evidence that you are the more reliable parent.

Can I Stop My Ex From Posting Pictures of My Kids Online?

To stop your ex from posting photos, you need to prove their posts are either highly inappropriate or are negatively affecting your child(ren). If you think you can contact your attorney for help with the legal process.

Reach Out To Learn More About the Impacts of Social Media on Divorce

Social media cannot cure your loneliness. In fact, the momentary validation you feel when someone likes a photo of your beach trip or responds to a post about your struggle can have the opposite effect. The validation can become addictive, keep you glued to your phone, and prevent you from being present in your life. Instead, focus on building meaningful connections and relationships offline. That is the only way to climb out of an isolation hole. Call a friend, plan an activity with your kids, or snuggle up with your pet instead. The more often you do this, the better you will feel. To learn more about the pros and cons of social media and your divorce, call our team, or take advantage of our free resources like our Happily Ever After Divorce podcast!

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