Divorce and co-parenting inspire a myriad of emotions and challenges. It can be tempting to share, vent or otherwise seek support on social media when your circumstances at home are evolving significantly. However, when navigating the delicate terrains of separation, divorce and/or shared custody, caution on social media is not just advisable, it can be critically important.
It’s worth acknowledging that a desire to remain connected in this way is not a small matter. It can be nearly impossible for many people to exercise restraint on social media and when engaging in electronic communication generally. Yet, due to the stakes of your situation, it’s important to make this effort to the best of your ability.
Why thoughtful approaches are key
Anything shared on social media is public record, even when the highest privacy settings have been enabled on an account. Posts, photos and general activity can be used as evidence in custody battles or divorce proceedings. They can also prove to be hurtful in ways that inspire tension between you and your ex and/or you and your children, depending on the nature of your circumstances. Social media activity can be easily misinterpreted, so even truly innocent and well-meaning activity could come back to haunt you.
Additionally, if you are the parent of a minor child, sharing details about their struggles or posting pictures without the consent of your child’s other parent could lead to disputes and might even breach court orders or agreements. By contrast, demonstrating discretion and respect on social media can lay the groundwork for building trust between you and your co-parent.
While social media offers a platform for expression and support, it’s crucial to use it wisely during sensitive life transitions and as circumstances evolve. If you have questions about how social media issues could affect your situation uniquely, know that you can always seek legal guidance.