Divorce mistakes Maryland couples should avoid in social media

The end of a relationship can often be a trying and emotional time, whether a person is living in Maryland or elsewhere. Although it may appear to improve one’s outlook to vent about an ongoing divorce or annoying soon-to-be ex, it can rarely help the situation — especially when the complaints are made public through social media venues like Facebook or Twitter. What are the most common mistakes people make and how can they be avoided? Here are a few tips.

Social media is both public and permanent. Don’t make the mistake of assuming a Facebook post or blog entry can only be seen by the people who have authorized access. Deleting posts later is not a good option either. Once something is posted, it’s out there. If someone is looking, chances are good that it can be found.

Personal posts are not the only things that can be used to provide negative evidence. Posts from a person’s friends and family can also come up in court if the opposing party thinks they can prove or disprove a salient point. It is a good idea to be aware of what others are putting online if it has any connection to one’s situation.

Never forget that perception is everything. Tone of voice can’t be discerned in print, so something that is said in jest may not come across that way. Something used in a context other than the one for which it was intended could come across negatively if positioned that way.

Obviously, someone who is complaining they need more alimony to live shouldn’t post photos of themselves at an expensive Maryland restaurant or enjoying an exotic vacation. However, that is not the only social media mistake one should be wary of making when going through a divorce. Being mindful of what’s happening online is a good strategy to employ and one that can help move one closer to a successful resolution.

Source: The Huffington Post, The Divorce Mistakes You Don’t Even Know You’re Making, Taryn Hillin, March 18, 2014

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