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Use social media wisely when you are divorcing

Even in the most amicable of divorces, social media can lead to hurt feelings that inflame the process. If you are getting a divorce, there is no need to stay off social media altogether, but following a few usage tips should help the procedures go more smoothly.

This principle applies even if the other spouse is not on social media. His or her relatives or friends might be, or he or she could open an account at any time.

No misleading photos

Photos have the potential to really hurt your divorce case. Suppose you (or your attorney) have told your ex that your business is hurting and so are your finances. So how do you explain the photo album on Facebook of your latest Hawaii vacation, where you are shown snorkeling and parasailing? There is almost certainly a legitimate explanation, but do not risk opening that can of worms.

Speaking of misleading photos, tread carefully when you are trying to prove yourself as a good parent. Even a photo that shows someone in the far background doing something dubious could open the door to arguments that you do not supervise your kids and their environments well. For sure, avoid posting pictures of you obviously partying. Regardless of whether you had your kids at that time, it may lead to allegations that you have an irresponsible lifestyle.

No frustrated rants about your ex

If you go off on a long spiel about your ex, you risk coming across as angry or vengeful. That in itself might not hurt a custody case, but what if the rant makes you seem unstable? Even a simple post can get interpreted the wrong way. It is best to keep vents about your ex between you and a counselor or people you trust in person.

A divorce does not need to be unfriendly, but social media turns many easygoing divorces into emotional matches. A lawyer can help prevent that from happening, or if it has already happened, step in to do crucial damage control.

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