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Why social media and divorce don’t mix

On Behalf of | Jul 20, 2022 | Divorce

A divorce can have a profound impact on your emotional state. It isn’t uncommon to feel anxious, angry or depressed over the course of a single day. In some cases, these emotions are triggered by a passing thought, a certain smell or driving by the Texas college where you and your partner first met. However, it’s also possible for your emotions to be triggered by what you read or see on social media platforms.

Your partner may be trying to provoke you

As a general rule, anything that you post can be used against you in a divorce trial . Therefore, your partner may post a picture, song lyrics or something else that is designed to get a reaction from you. It’s also possible that your partner’s friends or family members will post content in an effort to provoke you into saying or doing something that might undermine your case. Staying off of social media may be the easiest way to avoid being manipulated.

Seemingly innocent material could get you in trouble

Posting a picture of yourself on vacation could raise questions about how much alimony you really need to survive. If you took your child on a trip overseas, your spouse may claim that you’ll try to do so again after the divorce is final. This may make it harder to negotiate a child custody agreement, which may make it harder to negotiate a divorce settlement in a timely manner.

Consider your child’s needs

There is a strong possibility that an older son or daughter will have their own social media accounts. Therefore, your child might see negative posts about their other parent. This may cause them to experience negative mental health consequences, which could further complicate the divorce settlement process.

During a divorce, it’s typically in your best interest to say as little as possible. This may prevent you from committing unforced errors that might reduce the size of an alimony check or make it harder to get appropriate parenting rights.