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Social media and divorce: Keeping the two separate

Going through a divorce is difficult, emotional and just simply not a good time in most people’s lives. Many turn to friends and family for support, a shoulder to cry on and a sounding board.

Today, social media is an important part of our daily lives. In the third quarter last year, there were 1.55 billion active Facebook users. During the same quarter last year, there were 307 million active Twitter users. While social media provides a platform for us to keep up with our friends, family, favorite celebrities and much more, it can also become a wealth of negative information that a soon-to-be ex can use in divorce proceedings.

You’ve likely read a post or a tweet in which someone is venting about his or her ex or an upcoming court hearing. If you are involved in a divorce, here are a few reasons why you should keep negativity off your social media accounts.

— If you and your soon-to-be ex have children, they might not appreciate the words the two of you post on social media. While they may not be able to read the posts or tweets yet, it’s possible they could hear others talking about them. Conflict in divorce hurts kids and it doesn’t have be from the spoken word.

— You might not feel the same way tomorrow. What is posted on the Internet has a way of staying on the internet, even after you delete. Maybe you didn’t mean to come across so harshly about your ex, but there’s really no way to take it back.

— Do you want to focus your energies on being a negative person? It’s difficult during a divorce to keep your emotions in check. Venting on social media allows others to see you in a not-so-positive light.

While it’s understandable that you are dealing with a variety of very strong emotions while going through your divorce, it may be better to stay off social media. If needed, your divorce attorney can provide recommendations for therapists.

Source: Huffington Post, “6 Tips To Navigate Social Media in Divorce,” Cherie Morris, Jan. 15, 2016