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Tips for handling social media during your divorce

Getting divorced can be a very emotional, trying experience. Couples in Washington going through the divorce process often have many thoughts running through their head. It can be difficult to know how your divorce will impact your life as well as the rest of your family's. Due to the emotional nature of ending a marriage, many spouses feel the need to discuss or vent about their divorce.

Discussing your divorce with others can be a healthy way to address your emotional concerns and even help you plan for life after divorce. However, when spouses start talking about their divorce online, it may end up doing more harm than good. 

Did you know that more divorce cases are using evidence from social media sites against spouses? Posts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social media sites may be used against you in your divorce case. This includes posts and photographs online that could be used as evidence of dishonesty or that you aren't fit to take care of your children. 

Spouses getting divorced in Washington should be aware of how social media may be used against them during their divorce and take steps to reduce the negative impact it can have on their case. What should you do? Below are a few tips for people going through divorce:

  • Don't post photos of any behaviors that could make you look unfit to be a parent or that show you are dishonest. 
  • Don't post anything negative about your ex or about specific issues being discussed in your divorce case. 
  • Don't delete posts or photos as this could just make the situation worse.
  • Watch what other people post online about you because it could still impact your divorce case.

Source: The Huffington Post, "The Divorce Mistakes You Don't Even Know You're Making," Taryn Hillin, March 18, 2014

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