During a divorce, emotions and stress levels are high, making it tempting to seek solace and support. The instant connectivity with friends and family on social media can feel like a comforting balm for stress. The inclination to share, vent or simply stay active on social media during such a tumultuous time can be fraught with unforeseen pitfalls.
Social media platforms often serve as a digital diary, where individuals chronicle their highs and lows, triumphs and setbacks. The urge to document this life-changing experience can be vital during a divorce. But what may seem like a momentary catharsis could become ammunition in legal proceedings.
The digital footprint dilemma
When going through a divorce, it’s common to seek support and sometimes, without realizing it, share details about the process or feelings toward an ex-partner on social media. These posts, comments and likes can leave a digital footprint that might be used against you in court. For instance, photos or event check-ins can suggest a lifestyle or spending habits contradicting statements made during divorce negotiations.
Seemingly innocent posts can be misinterpreted or taken out of context, leading to unnecessary complications. The content shared doesn’t have to be directly related to the divorce to impact it. Even the perception of impropriety or insensitivity can be detrimental in proceedings like child custody cases where character and behavior are scrutinized.
The privacy illusion
The reality is that nothing online is truly private. Even with stringent privacy settings, shared content can be shared through screenshots. Mutual friends with your ex may not have the same loyalty to you post-separation, so information shared on social media can get back to your ex-spouse.
Taking steps to protect yourself during divorce can make the process less stressful. If you do opt to remain on social media during this time, be extremely careful with what you do online.