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Why shouldn’t I post about my divorce on social media?

Your favorite social media platform, such as Facebook or Twitter, can let you keep in touch with family and friends you don’t see often and allow you to voice your opinion on subjects that are important to you. Like other California residents, you probably post about your significant life events on social media. However, if your marriage is ending, you might want to refrain from changing your relationship status and making a post about the impending divorce right away.

As we have discussed in other posts, your social media activity could be used as evidence against you in a property division dispute or child custody battle. However, as Prevention explains, there are other reasons you may want to keep the details of your divorce private for a while longer. These may include the following:

  • You may later regret people who are not your closest relatives and friends seeing your dirty laundry aired on Facebook.
  • Posting about your divorce could result in some people in your friends list taking sides and complicating matters further.
  • Your boss or a potential employer could see the details about your divorce and think you are sharing too much private information.
  • It may delay your healing to talk about your divorce too much on social media.

None of the above points mean you should keep from discussing your divorce altogether. It can be helpful, as well as therapeutic, to talk about your problems with someone you trust in private, or to discuss these things with a therapist. However, it may be prudent to keep the details of your personal life, especially when it concerns such a painful topic, from the online world.