It seems as though social media is a primary source of communication these days. If you are going through a divorce, it might be best to avoid the temptation of airing out the grievances regarding the situation on these public websites. Even if you have your profiles set to where only friends can view them, there is always a chance that someone will share the information you post with your ex either through word of mouth or through screenshots.

One reason why it is imperative to be careful about what you say on social media is because perceptions about status messages and pictures can vary. In some cases, things posted might make your ex question whether you were honest in the property division discovery or not.

An example of this is if you post a status or pictures that show you at a luxury resort. The truth might be that your parents treated you to an all inclusive vacation, but your ex might take the trip to mean that you are trying to burn through money so that he or she doesn’t get it. If you do choose to post things like this on social media, it is usually best to clarify the situation.

Some people don’t realize that social media posts can be included in a divorce case. This is another reason why you should be careful about what you say or do on these websites. Your ex might claim you are trying to ruin his or her life. Additionally, your ex might be able to use these posts against you for child custody and other purposes.

Source: FindLaw, “Facebook Divorce,” accessed Sep. 21, 2017