Stay away from social media during a divorce to avoid complications during the hearings and to protect your children in the futureWords can be weapons, sharp as knives. When you are going through a divorce, it is important to keep calm and avoid being involved in anything on social media that could hurt you or your children during a divorce. Credibility is very important and once you lose your cool, it can be difficult to rehabilitate yourself in the eyes of the court. Social media is a tool. A tool for communication, and a tool that can be used to harm people. While some chose to avoid all social media during a divorce, our communication networks are ubiquitous for many of us and going completely dark might not be feasible. How you approach social media and plan for known dangers during a divorce can make life much easier and pleasant while you experience a likewise challenging process.
Reasons to avoid social media during divorce:
Legal problems with the deleting of data and privacy breaches
Have you heard your ?wise? friend suggest you go through your spouse?s phone? Maybe just to see who they are texting quick while they are in the shower, but is it okay? The answer on many levels is no. Federal law on this topic, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act might be good reading for anyone concerned with cyber snooping. Similar problems include accessing accounts without consent, even if you have the passwords.
While you might think there is just too much to worry about and you want to just delete your social media account, be careful because that might also land you in hot water. Always talk to your attorney before making important decisions during divorce.
Good advice for using social media when going through divorce
While some lawyers may tell you to absolutely stay away from social media during divorce, that can be a difficult request. If you can create and follow a ?social media during divorce? policy, it may be helpful to have a sense of normalcy through social media during an otherwise abnormal time.
It may be appropriate to make a simple statement to your friends and followers in your network that you are going through a divorce (or just say stressful life event) and appreciate everyone?s support but state that you are not going to talk about it online, and you thank everyone for their care and understanding. Sure, someone might not see that post and chime in later, and all you must do is send them a private message saying you appreciate them but are not going to talk about it online.
Unfollow anyone who is likely to stir up emotions. Make a list of people who might trigger your response while the divorce is ongoing. If you chose to be friendly with the in-laws after the divorce, re-follow them at that point, but in the meantime, you don?t likely want to see everything they post.
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*Mark L. Scroggins is *board-certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Unless otherwise noted, other attorneys are not *board-certified.
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