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Navigating social media during New Jersey divorces

On Behalf of | Apr 28, 2023 | Divorce |

New Jersey residents going through a divorce don’t need a reminder of how stressful it can be. Sometimes a divorce can become even more stressful through our own actions, such as what we post on social media.

You might be tempted to share the details of your divorce with your friends and family through social media. In doing so, you may unintentionally make things worse.

Impact of social media on divorce

Social media can make or break a relationship. Maybe you discover that your spouse cheated through a post on Instagram, or you see your partner complaining about you on Facebook.

Social media can have a huge impact on your divorce as well. Things that you post could come up in the divorce proceedings, even if you think you have your social media privacy settings updated.

Clear your friends list and update your privacy settings

After filing for divorce, you should review your friends list and consider removing your ex’s family or friends. You should also triple-check that your privacy settings are updated so none of your posts are public. However, remember that someone could still take a screenshot of a private post and share it with others.

And, of course, you want to remove your soon-to-be ex-spouse from your social media. Even in an amicable divorce, there’s no reason they should see what you post right now.

Less is more when it comes to posting

You might be tempted to post whenever something good happens – like a promotion, a new partner, etc. – but you should avoid it during the divorce. Your alimony requests might not be taken seriously if the court finds out about big purchases or an increase in your income.

Anything you post about your kids could also come up in custody negotiations as well. This is one of the many reasons you should consider taking a hiatus from social media while your divorce is finalized.

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