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Should you avoid using social media amid divorce?

If you are among the many Florida residents who are currently going through a divorce, you may find that you are relying on social media more than usual, whether for support, entertainment or in an effort to help combat loneliness. There are, however, certain actions you can take online that can hurt you in your divorce and affect your ability to secure alimony, maintenance or what have you. Thus, you might be wise to tread carefully when using the internet until your divorce becomes final.

According to the Huffington Post, social media is increasingly becoming a factor in many American divorces, and if your situation with your former partner is particularly acrimonious, you should anticipate that he or she, along with his or her legal team, will work through your online presence in an attempt to find something to use against you.

For example, exercise extreme caution before posting anything or visiting any sites that might suggest you are involved in or seeking a new romantic relationship before your divorce finalizes. Dating sites are an obvious no-no, but you may also want to reconsider posting any images that may make it appear as if you are dating someone new while you are still legally married.

Furthermore, think twice before posting anything that might suggest you have money to burn, particularly if you are seeking alimony or maintenance from your former spouse. For example, if you are arguing that you do not have enough money to support your lifestyle, but you then post an album chronicling your recent resort vacation, this can lead to unnecessary hardship and some tough questions during divorce proceedings. For many people going through divorce, abstaining from social media entirely throughout the process may prove to be the safest bet.

While this information about using social media amid divorce is informative in nature, it is not a replacement for legal advice.

 

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