The Do’s and Don’ts of Social Media and Divorce

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Generally, it is best to avoid using social media if you are getting a divorce. Everything you post is out there and can potentially harm the process. However, we understand that, for many, social media is an important part of how they communicate with friends and family, so if you cannot completely quit it cold turkey, we have some tips on how to navigate it with caution.

What You Should and Should Not Do

If you continue to use social media during your divorce, there are some do’s and don’ts you should keep in mind to avoid any avoidable mistakes.

Here are some tips on what you should and should not do:

  • Don’t forget to update your password: It is not uncommon for couples to share just about everything when they are married, including passwords. Once you get started on the divorce process, it is important to make sure your spouse does not have access to your social media accounts, so be sure to update your passwords. Use something your spouse could not easily guess. If you use Apple products, remember to take yourself out of the family Apple ID account, so your spouse cannot use certain functions to keep an eye on your movements.
  • Don’t hold off on opening up a new email account: In some cases, it might be best to start completely fresh with a brand-new email account. You may even want to use your new email account for divorce purposes, especially if you are currently only using a work email account.
  • Don’t write negatively about your spouse online: Venting may be a time-honored tradition when it comes to social media, but it can create some serious issues if you are going through a divorce. If you really want to write out your thoughts about your spouse, keep a private journal, where you can safely vent. You might also want to consider hiring a therapist.
  • Do monitor your children’s social media activity: Your children likely have a lot of feelings about the divorce and, if they use social media, they may have a lot to say about it. Monitor their online activity to ensure they are not sharing anything that should be private.
  • Do ask friends and family not to post about your divorce: Your friends and family may have a lot of their own thoughts about your divorce, but they should keep it offline.

If you cannot cut social media out of your life completely, these tips will help you navigate it more carefully.

Speak to an Experienced Divorce Attorney About Your Case Today!

If you are filing for divorce, do not hesitate to contact the team at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Graff for the help you need. Our experienced attorney will work tirelessly on your behalf to protect your interests.

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