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How does social media influence the divorce process?

Social media is still relatively new, but it has quickly become a central component of the modern world. TV shows, recipes and even politics all seem to involve Facebook or Instagram in some way now. Social media influences many parts of our lives—including divorce.

How exactly can Twitter and Snapchat affect your separation? Most studies show that it may make things much worse.

More and more divorces cite social media

Studies estimate that at least one in seven divorces is influenced by social media use. This could be because one spouse used a dating app to have an affair or too much Facebook usage resulted in a lack of quality time. In a world where lots of relationships start online, it isn’t surprising that they can end online too.

Even if social media isn’t the main cause of your divorce, it might make things harder during the divorce process.

Should you delete online profiles during your divorce?

What you say and do on social media can affect how your trial or settlement goes. If you trash-talk your spouse in a Facebook post or post a video of you partying on Snapchat, your spouse may use it against you. Your online behavior might influence the judge’s decisions on child custody and support, alimony and division of assets.

Even if you press the delete button, things you post on the internet are never really gone. Facebook still keeps records of what you posted—even if you get rid of your profiles completely. Instead it is best to focus on behaving normally and not bring your separation up on social media.

Posting online about your divorce can have consequences for your custodial and financial situations. Even if you try to stay civil on social media, your spouse’s attorney could take something out of context and hurt your side. The best course of action is to leave your divorce out of your online life entirely.

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