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Your social media posts could cause issues in your divorce

If you and your spouse are going through a divorce, you've probably got very strong feelings about your situation. For some people, this can lead to a need to vent or share those strong negative emotions with others.

It is healthy and natural to need to let off steam when you're angry, hurt or frustrated. However, it's important to realize that social media is the wrong place to do so. If you haven't done so already, it may be time to change your security or privacy settings. The more people can see your posts, the more likely it is that your former spouse may be able to use some of them against you.

Of course, chances are good that simply setting your posts to "friends only" and avoiding things like hashtags won't keep your ex from seeing what you post. The longer your marriage, the more online and real life friends you likely share. You never know who might take a screen shot of your angry post or even forward your private messages to your ex. If you really need to get something off your chest, talk in person to a longtime friend or invest in therapy while you're going through your divorce. Otherwise, the things you share with others could come back to haunt you

There's more than one kind of post to avoid

You may think that as long as you don't make any posts expressing strong anger or berating your former spouse that you're fine. In reality, a broad range of social media posts could get used against you. That video you shared months ago of a dad who shamed his daughter online as punishment could get used in your custody case. Those pictures you took when out at the bar with your friends to celebrate filing for divorce could help show the courts a poor impression of you. Posting pictures with your new romantic partner, especially before your divorce gets finalized, could also cause issues.

Anything from pictures with your children to displays of how you spend your money could very well be ammunition against you during the divorce. The safest way to avoid social media fallout in your divorce is to restrict posts to your friends and to be careful about what you share online. Rants about your ex, displays of drunkenness or posts about someone you're now dating can all cause issues. Try to avoid all posts about your divorce until it's been finalized. If you must share, just let people know you're going through a divorce and could use their support to get through this process.

Your attorney can help you make better social media decisions

If you're worried that your social media content could cause issues for you during your divorce, you should consult with your divorce lawyer. An experienced Georgia family law attorney can help you determine what content should get taken down and what other steps you need to follow to ensure a fair outcome. Ideally, you can handle your social media changes before you file for divorce. Talk to an attorney as soon as you know a divorce is inevitable.

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