Social Media and Divorce: Protect Your Online Reputation


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It is no surprise that divorce may not only cause emotional trauma to many divorcing people but also undermine their financial well-being. Therefore, you must always have someone to seek advice and obtain support from. What is even more important, however, is that this person is someone you can trust. It is better if you pour your heart to your family or close friends instead of posting about your feelings on social media.

Note that your spouse’s lawyer can potentially use the information that you have posted against you in court. To retrieve it, he or she can utilize many digital tools. Therefore, it is so important to keep juicy details of your marriage and divorce, info about your latest transactions, and other personals out of your social media accounts. Note that your every word can be taken out of context and twisted only to put you in a bad light.

Given the said, once you make no bones about your intention to file divorce docs in the nearest future, there are a few things to do in advance not just to protect your reputation and feelings but also to ensure that nothing will prevent you from having a quick, yet cheap divorce.

How to Protect Your Profiles

Once break-up is inevitable, it makes sense to block your former love from all your accounts and make the necessary changes to them. This is not about driving your spouse’s nuts at all. You should realize that everything you post on the Net can be used against you during a custody battle, while everything that your former soul-mate posts may make you feel battered.

Let us say, a picture posted from your last party may suddenly speak for your irresponsible behavior in court. It seems like your every post on Facebook may be used by another party as ammunition against you and you don’t want that right? Of course, if you and your former love agree on having a cheap online divorce, then your online behavior probably will not make a big difference. However, if there is a chance for your case to go to a trial, then you should better be safe now than sorry later.

For this very reason, it is better if you block the communication between you two on the Internet for good or at least until the process is finalized. Also, don’t neglect to block your ex-partner’s best friends and family, too. Otherwise, there will be a lot of “friends” who will nose about your personal life on your spouse’s behalf. If you don’t want your behavior to offend anybody, send these people a message explaining your decision.

It also makes sense to mention the texts you send via your social media accounts. Watch your online behavior in this format of communication, too. Even if you delete unwanted messages, you cannot get rid of them once for all. It may be a surprise for you, but all deleted messages can be easily restored and then submitted to a judge and released to the public. Are you okay with that?

Given the said, it pays to exercise extreme caution when chatting about your marriage, marital problems, spouse’s behavior, etc. on the Web. Anything you are secretive about must be kept out of you all profiles. Even if you don’t feel like shutting down your accounts, you can stop using them until you are officially divorced. Use this time to focus on your true self, your kids, and your plans for the future. Very soon, you will feel free to post anything you want and tweet anything you like again.

Don’t Even Think About Deleting Something

No matter how badly you want to protect your online identity, you should never delete anything that you have already posted. This is mainly because deleting posts or photos may be understood by a judge as evidence tampering. Therefore, if you try to delete something, your spouse’s lawyer may suggest that whatever they want to prove about you is true pointing to the deleted info as proof.

So, you can protect your personals by creating new passwords, changing your settings, and turning location services off, but never get rid of what you have already posted; otherwise, you are likely to make things even worse.

Overall, the Internet is currently accessible almost for everyone on the globe. Therefore, when you are going to prepare your divorce forms, it is crucial to keep in mind the fact that whatever you post on the Net can potentially be read or viewed by any person, including your kids, soon-to-be ex-spouse, and his or her attorney.

Even if you decide to block your former love and your mutual friends from all your profiles, it still makes sense to exercise extreme caution when posting and sending texts. If you have an attorney, then you should better ask him or her about what you can and cannot do on the Net.

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