Is it OK to talk about my pending divorce online?

On Behalf of | Mar 11, 2022 | Divorce

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Millions of Americans rely on social media to stay in touch with relatives, friends and acquaintances, sharing things to maintain those connections. We all know about some people who overshare details that may make you cringe and shrug in disbelief. If you are going through a divorce, you do not want to be one of those people.

Yes, you are free to discuss your divorce online on social networking sites. But is it a good idea? For the most part, no, it is not. Sometimes, feelings and emotions may take over and you may disclose divorce-related details that no one needs to know. You also may even resort to posting opinions, exaggerations and falsehoods that will come back to haunt you.

Certain things may backfire

You may be tempted to post and write negative things about your estranged spouse, so it is a good idea to avoid social media. If you feel the temptation is too strong, consider temporarily deactivating your accounts.

Granted, you may receive support from people from your online communities. However, the negatives outweigh any positives.

Certain details you share may backfire, too. For example, ongoing discussions may devolve into rants about your estranged spouse, lengthening the divorce process and leading to additional legal fees.

Posts that share specific details will especially receive scrutiny. Say you complain about not being able to afford to pay child or spousal support, but closer inspection of your online accounts discloses photos of lavish trips you have made and expensive items you purchased.

Despite frustrations, anger and extreme hurt, it would be a mistake to share information online through social media about your pending divorce. Be wise.

Leave the discussions in the courtroom

Allow discussions for the divorce proceedings to take place in meetings with your attorney, mediation hearings, collaborative divorce scenarios or the courtroom. Avoid sharing details on social media networks. The only person who can stop you from providing narratives and opinions online is you.

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