Melinda Weerts Law, PLLC Family & Divorce Law
To talk to an experienced family law attorney about your case,
please call our Fargo office at 701-297-2234

Finding Positive Solutions For Your
Family Law Concerns

Navigating social media use during your divorce

On Behalf of | Apr 3, 2023 | Firm News |

Today’s world of digital technology makes it easy to vent about one’s life online. Social media in particular is a popular avenue for parents to open up about their relationships, children and personal struggles. When it comes to divorce, however, you need to remain wise about how you conduct yourself and what you post.

Three guidelines to follow

Judges do not view it well when one or both spouses publicize issues relating to their divorce online. Engaging in negativity on social media can also exacerbate your stress. To help you out, these are some tips and trucks to remember for using social media while going through a separation or divorce.

  1. Ignore other people’s gossip

Gossip is an unfortunate side effect of social media. Rumors can spread quickly on the internet, even among people who barely know you. Resist the temptation to respond to gossip. Instead, focus on the reality of your day-to-day life knowing that the truth will come out in the future.

  1. Resist the urge to reply

If your ex is writing unflattering things about you on social media, it is only natural to want to reply – or to tell your side of things. Wading into an online dispute with your ex is only a recipe for disaster. Taking the high road is not easy, but, in a divorce, it is always better.

  1. Vent in private, not online

The frustration, anger and sadness of a divorce can make it tempting to vent about your private issues on social media platforms. Instead of posting things online, turn to some trusted friends or family members in whom you can confide.

Social media can be a fun way to connect with the people we love, but it can also distort reality. Divorce is a matter for the court, not for the court of public opinion. When using Facebook, Instagram, TikTok or any other social media platform, keep in mind the most important issues: maintaining positive relationships with your friends, family and children in real life.

FindLaw Network