If you are going through a divorce, you may feel the need to seek the support and advice of your friends and family. And one of the easiest ways to do this is by using your Facebook page or other social media accounts to reach out to as many people as possible. But discussing the intimate details of your marriage and divorce is a very risky thing to do online.
As we wrote previously on this blog, information that you share via social media could wind up being used against you in court if you are in a child custody dispute. But there is another reason you should be careful about what you share with others on your social media accounts: you could damage your relationships with your family and friends.
It is so easy to let your emotions get the better of you when you start writing about your ex and the things he or she has done. But before you type up that scathing rant and click on “post,” strongly consider how the words you wrote will be perceived by those who read them. Ask yourself if this bit of venting really reflects how you want to present yourself. And remember, your ex is your child’s parent too. It could be very upsetting for a child to see negative things posted about one of his or her parents, especially if it was written by the other parent.
The fact is, if you are really upset, you are much better served by talking directly to your family and friends rather than via the Internet. And if you get wound up and there are no readily available outlets for venting, then you can always write down everything you are feeling and thinking in a private journal, which gives you the outlet of expressing yourself without the possible blowback of making your feelings public.
Another possible source of support to consider is an experienced family law attorney. The attorney can help you by acting as your representative as you seek a fair settlement.