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Divorcing Parents and Social Media

By Thacker Sleight 

Do divorcing parents have the right to post their stories on social media?

We post everything on Facebook. The highs, the lows, and the picture-perfect plates of food we intend to devour seconds later. At times, Facebook has proven to be a beneficial tool, and other times it can be destructive. We use it to update our friends and colleagues on everything happening in our lives, but where should the line be drawn when going through a divorce? Should divorcing parents post their stories online?

At Thacker Sleight, we suggest that our clients deactivate their social media accounts entirely or refrain from using it until after the divorce is final. As we all know, our Miranda warnings provide that anything we say can and will be used against us in a court of law. The same idea applies to social media. You may go through many different emotions during the divorce process: anger, sadness, confusion. Do not let your temporary emotions push you to post something you may regret later. Once something is posted, someone has it, it cannot be deleted.

No matter how difficult your divorce may be, it is in your best interest to respect your spouse on social media by not posting negative thoughts about them or the situation.  Negative posting hurts both of you, and potentially, your children. Don’t post anything you would not want your spouse to post about you or your children to see.  Lawyers often use negative posts in court, so to avoid having your post brought to the attention of your judge, avoid posting during your divorce.  Not to mention, if you participate in negative posting, you could find yourself in another lawsuit in addition to your divorce.

A divorce can be a long process, and things can change in the middle of the process. Do not let the heat of the moment get the best of you and the possibility of a settlement or appearing reasonable to your judge.

The Family Law Attorneys at Thacker Sleight are happy to talk to you about your divorce and plan of action to help you get through this life-altering event.

Thacker Sleight

grand rapids office  •  616 888 3810
445 cherry street se
grand rapids michigan 49503

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