With social media being such an important part of most people's lives, managing online presence during the planning, process and after a divorce can be challenging for Washington, D.C. residents. However, it is important to maintain caution and certain limits when it comes to social media use during the process, as it can affect the actual proceedings and the lives of the former spouses and their children.
When couples are thinking about divorce, or in the middle of the process, they should be careful with what they post to avoid creating additional tension. Even amicable divorces can turn confrontational if one spouse chooses to use social media to attack their ex. Additionally, as couples often share social and professional connections, sharing the private details of the end of the marriage can make the situation even more uncomfortable. Experts recommend being very vigilant about social media before and during the process of divorce. This includes checking and establishing privacy settings, reviewing older posts and removing any that can be construed as negative or disparaging towards their ex, and being careful about what they post during the process as well since anything posted in public online platforms can be used against them during the process.
Parents also need to be aware how their posts might affect their children, particularly if they have older children who use social media. They should be on the same page about how to handle posting about their children during this time and after the divorce as well. Experts also recommend that exes established when they will announce their breakup on social media so neither will be surprised.
When planning and during the divorce, residents might also benefit from guidance from a family law lawyer. A lawyer may provide advice about the legal process and how to handle the variety of factors involved in the process.