Getting Divorced? How To Handle Social Media In A Divorce.
Social media has changed our lives, keeping us connected to friends and acquaintances of varying degrees all over the world. It gives us an instant platform for whatever opinion we want to express. And, we’ve all seen when it can go wrong. At Gill Law Group, PC, with offices in Irvine, Brea and San Diego, our Orange County divorce lawyers are available to our clients for more than just trials in courtrooms. They advise clients going through divorces on all aspects of their proceedings, including what to do or not do on social media while navigating a divorce.
How Does Social Media Affect Your Divorce?
Using social media as you are going through the divorce process can have an effect on your mental well-being and also on the divorce proceedings. Reading about your spouse and seeing them in photos enjoying life and having fun can be a trigger. But one of the most important things to remember with social media is that everyone is watching. What you post on social media can be recorded and used against you in your divorce proceedings, especially if there are child custody issues in your divorce.
What You Can Do With Social Media During Divorce
Some people choose to take a temporary break from social media altogether during their divorce by temporarily deactivating their accounts. But, if you choose to stay on social media, here are some things you can do that can help with your divorce proceeding:
- Do consider significantly limiting your use of social media.
- Do change your privacy settings on all your accounts to the highest settings so that your posts are not accessible to all.
- Do consider going through your followers to unfriend or block those who might be reporting information to your spouse.
- Do consider hiding or snoozing your spouse, especially if you have a tendency to get triggered by their posts.
- Do hide your relationship status while your divorce is ongoing.
- Do keep your posts positive and uplifting.
- Do look for private support groups.
There are private social media groups for those navigating divorce, and these can help you feel like you are not alone. There are even specialty support groups that can also be helpful. For example, if you are divorcing a spouse with narcissistic traits and characteristics, consider looking for a narcissistic abuse survivor social media group.
What Not To Do On Social Media During Divorce
If you continue to use social media during your divorce, here are some reminders of what not to do:
- Do not say anything bad or negative about your spouse.
- Do not discuss your divorce on social media.
- Do not let yourself get triggered by your spouse.
- Do not change your relationship status on your social media until after your divorce.
- Do not post photos of yourself in a new relationship.
At Gill Law Group, PC, our divorce lawyers have more than 80 combined years of experience. They regularly assist clients on every aspect of their divorce proceedings, including guiding them through the process and helping them avoid making mistakes that could hurt their cases.
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If you are looking for a divorce attorney in Orange County who will be by your side throughout the entire process, call us today at 949-868-5268 or send us an email to schedule a confidential free initial consultation.