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How to deal with social media before and after a divorce

There are many considerations to make before proceeding with divorce. For example, you and your spouse will have to get your financial records in order and make plans for where one of you will live for the time being.

Before filing for divorce, it is also vital to properly monitor all of your social media accounts. Your posts and comments can come up in a court of law, so there are some things you want to make sure you do before and after the divorce is final. 

Before the divorce

In general, it is a bad idea to post anything negative about your spouse on social media. Even if you have no plans on divorcing at the moment, you do not want to do anything that could compromise the integrity of your relationship. If you need to talk to someone about problems in your relationship, then you should confide in a close friend or therapist.

When divorce seems imminent, you should begin taking precautions. You should set all of your privacy settings as high as possible. You can also do some damage control at this point by reviewing old posts and deleting anything that could come across as mean-spirited. 

After the divorce

You should avoid posting details about the divorce proceedings online until everything is final. Once the divorce is over, you may want to consider taking a break from social media. It is easy to spy on people and see if they have dated anyone new. This will only hurt you in the long run. If you do not think you can help yourself, then take a break from Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. In the event you cannot get rid of social media entirely, you should just keep things civil and be mindful of who all can see your posts. 

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