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Social media can exacerbate divorce issues

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Most American adults in 2015 have some access to social media in their day-to-day lives. Texas residents upload photos, post to Facebook and share their lives with friends and family. However, divorce experts have suggested that doing so in the midst of ending a marriage can actually make divorce issues worse. 

The most obvious reason for this, of course, is the emotional factor. Anger and sadness tend to be stronger during a divorce, which can lead some people to post statements they might otherwise keep to themselves. Posting this sort of vitriol is not currently addressed by existing law, but it does not help a case when one or both partners are slandering one another. 

Additionally, certain kinds of posts can lead to legal repercussions. For example, posting a photo of a recent purchase or a trip with a new partner can lead to a subpoena if there is question about whether that spouse has been honest about his or her financial situation. Ultimately, it can be very damaging to post anything at all online during a divorce – as the saying goes, it can and will be used against an individual if appropriate. 

Divorce issues are as unique as the people experiencing the process. Here in Texas, there is a great deal of support afforded to divorcing couples. Professional therapists can help individuals work through their complicated feelings about the split, and legal professionals can provide legal assistance that can set both individuals on the right path to an equitable separation agreement. Divorce can be difficult, but the process is best kept private. 

Source: Fox Business, "Can Social Media Hurt You in a Divorce?", Andrea Murad, Aug. 27, 2015

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