You may use social media to connect with old friends, entertain yourself and look up information. Over the past few years, social media use has exploded, and many people access social media sites multiple times per day.
According to the Pew Research Center, approximately 72% of people in the U.S. use social media. Although social media may be a commonplace part of your daily routine, you should be careful about how you use it during your divorce.
Resist the urge to vent online
You may feel angry, upset and frustrated about some of your spouse’s actions as you work through child custody, property division and other issues. Instead of going online to vent about your feelings, confide in a close friend or family member.
Change your passwords
You and your spouse may have shared passwords to your social media accounts during your marriage. As soon as possible, change the passwords on all your social media accounts so no one else but you can access them.
Think twice before you post
You may not think twice before you post information about your daily life online. During your divorce, be careful about what information you put on social media because your spouse could use this against you during divorce proceedings.
Carefully using social media during your divorce can be difficult. If you feel unsure or using social media has started to impact how you feel emotionally, it may be beneficial to take a break from these sites until after you finalize your divorce.