As an adult, you know that using social media means that what you say or post is going to be accessible by anyone on the internet. Even if you try to restrict your content, someone could take a screenshot or view it from another party’s screen if they’re able to see it.
So, for you, locking down your social media during your divorce make perfect sense. You collected any information you needed and made sure that your accounts were made private or disabled, so no one could get any information from them.
Don’t forget about your children’s social media pages
Despite doing that, something you should not forget about is letting your kids keep their own social media pages. While social media is positive in that it can keep your kids connected to you and the other parent regardless of where they are, it’s also a place where they can write or post images of whatever they feel like.
Your child might post a picture of you visiting with a friend that is later taken out of context, or they might make a complaint that hurts your custody case. For that reason, talking to your children about their social media or locking their social media accounts down could be a good idea for both parents.
Outside of this factor, social media could also be a negative influence on your children, especially if they’re online at an early age. You may not want them to see the conflicts that erupt on your page or your ex-spouse’s page. You may not want them to see what other people are saying.
For most people, cutting off social media during divorce is smart
For most people, eliminating social media during a divorce is a good idea. Using social media could hurt your case, and even when it is beneficial, the negatives often outweigh the benefits.
If you’re not sure what you should do about your social media during your divorce, talk to your attorney. They can also give you some ideas about how to handle your child’s social media and if that should be restricted in some way as well.