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Navigating social media during your New Jersey divorce

On Behalf of | Mar 30, 2023 | Blog, Divorce

Social media is the first place many New Jersey residents go to share big life events with their friends and families. However, providing any details about your divorce may backfire.

Change your privacy settings

Your social media is an open book for your estranged spouse and their legal team to get intimate details about your life that can be used in court. The only way to ensure nothing from social media comes up in a divorce is to stop posting altogether.

If you’re unwilling to cut out social media, you’ll want to make sure you change your privacy settings. Go private on Instagram and Twitter, and change your settings on Facebook so only friends can see your posts. You’ll also want to make sure nothing you post can be shared with other news feeds.

Consider purging your friends list

During your marriage, your partner’s friends and families probably followed or added you on social media. It’s important to make sure you still want those people to have access during a divorce.

How far you go with your purge depends entirely on the conditions of your divorce. An amicable divorce may allow you to remain in the same social circles, while a contentious one might require blocking a few people.

Anything you post could be used against you

Even if you have pretty strong privacy settings, there’s always the chance that it can be shared. As a result, you’ll want to avoid posting anything negative on social media.

You’ll also want to avoid sharing any big news you don’t want your spouse to know, such as if you started seeing someone or got a promotion at work. It might seem tough, but you only have to do it while the divorce is ongoing.