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Beware of social media when you are going through divorce

Many people turn to social media as a way to socialize with their friends and family members. Other people use these websites as a way to spy on people. When you are going through a divorce, you should always assume that people are checking out your social media accounts to keep an eye on what you are doing.

This isn't to say that you can't post things or interact with other people on your social media accounts. In fact, quite the opposite is true. You can still post as long as you are careful about what you say or show.

What you say can be used against you

Divorce attorneys report that there has been an 81 percent increase in cases that use social media findings somewhere in the process. Social media posts are discoverable in divorce, which means that your ex's lawyer can use them. Make sure that you are comfortable with any post you make being brought up in legal proceedings. You should also be prepared to explain any posts that are brought up.

Think about perception

Perception is the key to what you need to think about when you are posting about your divorce on social media. Just because a post seems suitable to you doesn't mean that other people will perceive it as such. Think about pictures on social media. If you are going through a divorce and claim that you don't have any financial assets, but you post a picture of yourself spending the day on a yacht, questions will likely come up. The truth might be that your company had a work-related event that turned out to have a good photo op for you, but other people might not know that's the case.

Make sure your timing is right

When it comes to announcing your divorce, don't try to be the first one to spill the beans about everything. Instead, be courteous and make sure that the announcement is a mutual decision between you and your ex. Even though this might be difficult, it is a good idea to show your ex respect because it sets the stage for how you and your ex interact during the settlement negotiations.

Remember that what you say online is permanent. Even if you do decide that a post wasn't appropriate, there is always the chance that someone grabbed a screenshot of it. Make sure that you think about this before you share anything on your social media profiles.

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