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Divorce and social media

Social media is playing a part in divorce throughout the country, and spouses should address postings with caution. At least 40 to 50 percent of marriages in this country end in divorce, according to the American Psychological Society. There are many ways couples address the end of their marriages on social media. Some spouses simply remove their married status from Facebook. Other couples draft and post a mutually-agreeable announcement.

Spouses also removed their ex-spouse from social media platforms so they did not have to follow their relationship status. Others quit posting altogether. Some spouses have become so accustomed to social media that it is practically impossible to quit sharing their lives online. During an apprehensive time, such as during a divorce, social media can provide strong support. This is even more beneficial for people who have trouble with communicating offline. Another benefit is that the anticipation of a response to a social posting is a positive experience for many.

Carefully drafted posts can also provide a means to share unpleasant news to friends and relatives. It is also a convenient method to announce a new post-divorce life. However, posting divorce announcements should be delayed until the divorce is finalized and much of the turmoil has settled.

But, postings may cause legal and personal problems. Social media should not be used to vent about former or soon-to-be former spouses, or discuss legal issues such as child support, custody, alimony or property division.

Sharing details about the marriage, such as adultery, can also cause trouble. Spouses should also avoid sharing information about their spending or dating, which could be used against them in a divorce. A hastily drafted post can also damage relationships and harm the couple's children.

In fact, screenshots and postings have been introduced in court against the spouse who made them. Posts may also resurface in court and among friends and relatives even if they are taken down.

Source: The Outline, "'Like' if you support my divorce," Jessica Furseth, May 14, 2018

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