Anyone that is getting a divorce should take care when using social media, and perhaps give it a break altogether until the divorce is finalized.
The reason is that the other party, or their legal team, may check your social media for anything that could help them gain an advantage in areas such as property division. Divorcing parents have even more at stake.
Firstly, there is custody and child support
Once again, your spouse and their team may use something you post to gain an advantage over you in certain areas. For instance, they could use photos of you escaping the divorce stress on a night out with friends to argue that you have a tendency to get so drunk that you cannot take good care of your children.
Secondly, what goes online can be seen by a lot of people
Imagine you are having a particularly rough day during the divorce and post your in-the-moment thoughts about your soon-to-be ex. The next day, your child comes home from school in tears because one of their friends heard their parents (who are among your social media contacts) discussing what you had posted over breakfast.
Once you post something, even if you delete it shortly afterward, it is out there forever. People can discuss it, screenshot it and share it. Even something you post months after your divorce is done could end up hurting your child if they get wind of it. Remember, however difficult your spouse may be, they are still your child’s parent. They are also the person you need to work with to raise that child for years to come and taking care around social media makes co-parenting easier. There’s help available to find out what else you can do to create a good co-parenting relationship.