When it comes to keeping things in your personal life separate, your divorce and your social media account should definitely be on the list. Parting ways with your spouse can result in significant conflict, and places like Facebook and Twitter can be breeding grounds for additional tension.
To keep your separation as private as possible and to have the best chances for your divorce or custody case to go in your favor, it is best to use caution when using social media. This article explores three reasons why it may be best to take a break from it during these legal proceedings.
1. It can be tempting to post damaging vents that can hurt your divorce or custody case
Some people use social media as a sort of personal journal of their experiences. While doing this is sometimes okay, other times it can lead to negative consequences, especially in divorce and custody proceedings. In addition, it can harm your relationships with your children.
2. It can be emotionally painful to see memories
For many individuals, divorce is emotionally devastating. As such, seeing old memories on your social media newsfeed may trigger emotions that you are not ready for. While it is healthy to work through the emotional toll of separation, unexpected surprises can be painful. Take your time.
3. It can cause further conflict among mutual relationships
If there is significant conflict in your life right now, avoiding Facebook or Instagram can also help you avoid further conflicts. Because it is likely that you have mutual contacts on your social media accounts with your spouse, it may be helpful to avoid challenging interactions while things are already stressful.
At the end of the day, divorce is difficult. Avoiding social media during yours can be one way to make it easier.