If you are like most people, you use social media on a daily basis. You likely use these sites to connect with others, stay in touch with family update yourself on current events and more.
According to the Pew Research Center, approximately 72% of the population in the U.S. uses social media in some form. Although you do not have to stop using social media completely when you decide to get divorced, you should use it carefully during divorce proceedings.
1. Update your passwords
Your spouse may not try to access your social media accounts during your divorce, but you should change your passwords on all your accounts just in case. You should also update your permission settings, so others cannot tag you in posts and photos without your permission.
2. Limit the information you share
If you feel frustrated with your spouse, do not vent your anger online. You should also refrain from boasting about major purchases you have made, vacations you have gone on or any changes to your living situation.
3. Refrain from looking at your spouse’s accounts
It can be hard to watch your former spouse move on during your divorce. Try not to look at your ex’s social medial profiles too frequently and remove him or her as a connection if the information on them is too difficult to process.
How you use social media during your divorce can impact the direction of your case. If you feel concerned about the effect social media could have, consider taking a break from these sites altogether until after you finalize your divorce.