The many ways social media can impact your Florida divorce

Social media has infiltrated every aspect of modern life. In fact, social media could be part of the reason you and your spouse plan to divorce. Seeing the heavily edited and carefully crafted posts about the thriving marriages of your friends can make your own marriage seem mediocre by comparison. Being able to reach out to an ex at the tiniest impulse doesn't help things either. You may have even disconnected from your real life relationships in favor of your online support network. 

It's tempting to rely on social media to help you work through your emotions during a divorce. Doing so is even more of a mistake than turning to social media when your marriage is struggling. Once you put something out on social media, it could end up getting used against you in court. Being very careful about what you post is critical to a successful divorce with a positive outcome, especially if you want shared custody. The courts need to believe that co-parenting is possible  in your case. 

Nothing is really private on social media 

So, maybe you've decided to keep your personal feelings off of more public social media platforms, like blogs or Twitter. Perhaps you think that because you've set your Facebook posts to “friends only” privacy or blocked your spouse from seeing them, you're safe. That simply isn't the case. Chances are, at least one, probably more, of your friends are shared with your spouse. Anything you share could end up as a screenshot and shared with your ex. 

Rants about how horrible your spouse acts, accusations about theft or keeping you from your kids, or even statements that could seem like threats could all end up in your ex's hands. That means they could end up as evidence in your court battle. Social media rants can make you seem unbalanced or even substantiate claims of abuse or manipulation. Your best bet is to avoid posts about your divorce and your ex entirely. 

Private messages aren't actually private 

Just like how any post you share could end up as a screenshot, so, too, can any private message. No matter how well you know someone or how much you trust that person, you should avoid talking about the divorce online, even in emails, direct messages or private messages. Anything you type can end up as a screenshot and, thus, evidence against you in court. 

If you absolutely need to blow off some steam about your ex, consider seeing a therapist. These professionals can't share anything you divulge, unless they believe it to be a credible threat of violence against yourself or another. If you don't want to do therapy, save the venting for an in-person conversation with someone you trust implicitly. That way, your negative emotions won't become ammunition in your divorce proceedings. 

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