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3 ways social media could hurt your divorce

Think about what you were doing before reading this blog, or what you plan to do afterward. Chances are that you will be visiting or will have just visited Facebook, Instagram or other social media sites.

While this may seem harmless, the fact is that social media use can be problematic when it puts our real-world relationships in jeopardy. For instance, as this CNBC report notes, social media use could be hurting marriages across the U.S. Not only could it be hurting your marriage, it could also be hurting your divorce.

There are a few ways social media use could hurt, rather than help, your situation if you are getting divorced.

  1. It can publicize information or photographs you thought were private. Bragging about a lavish vacation or posting statuses about moving in with your new partner can provide evidence that could affect your settlement. Depending on what you put out there, the courts could find out that you are spending too much money or are in a relationship that disqualifies you from spousal support.
  2. It can hurt your kids and your parental rights. When parents put nasty comments, incriminating photos and hurtful statuses about an ex up on Facebook, there is a chance that their kids could see them and get upset. It is also possible that a court could see something that changes its impression of a parent and his or her parenting abilities.
  3. It could make you look vengeful. Starting fights or hurling damaging allegations about an ex online is not going to resolve anything. In fact, it could make a person look unstable or vindictive. There is nothing wrong with sharing your thoughts and emotions online, but when you take to the web to address matters better suited for mediation or the courtroom, you could be hurting yourself more than anyone else. 

Getting divorced is hard enough without the above-mentioned challenges. This is why it can be wise to avoid negative or harmful behaviors online and instead stay focused on dealing with the real-world events and decisions in front of you. With the help of your attorney, you can protect yourself -- and your divorce -- from toxic online behaviors.

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