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Could my social media post mess up my divorce?

Going through a divorce can be a challenging time for any family. No matter what your situation, you went into the relationship, hoping that it would work out.

Unfortunately, not all relationships last. During the divorce process, you will likely look to your friends and other loved ones for emotional support.

Before you look to social media for support through your divorce, this is what you should consider.

Internet is forever

You can have your page locked down and delete posts after thinking twice about them, but the reality is that once you post something, there is no way to control it. While you may only allow limited access to your page, one of your acquaintances can take a screenshot and send the information to someone you did not intend.

When you are posting on social media, ask yourself what would happen if the information got into the wrong hands. If your post could be used against you, consider finding a more private way to share with your loved ones. If you are unsure, it is always better to err on the side of not posting.

Up for interpretation

Not everyone who looks at your social media posts will have good intentions. Whether the person looking at your posts is your ex, their attorney or someone simply “passing along information,” they may not ask you for the whole story.

In some cases, social media posts can demonstrate financial status or impact child custody. Rather than making a post on social media, you may need to try to defend later; it is better to share your information privately.

It can be challenging to figure out what will lead to problems on social media when you are going through something as complex as a divorce. You should talk to a skilled professional about your divorce and what social media habits could spell trouble.

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