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Is It Appropriate to Announce Your Divorce on Social Media?

 Posted on December 08, 2019 in Divorce

Is It Appropriate to Announce Your Divorce on Social Media?You have made the difficult decision to divorce your spouse. Now comes the uncomfortable step of telling others about your divorce. Some couples choose to save time by making a public announcement using social media. While the idea seems awkward, there are advantages to announcing your divorce on social media:

  • You can present a unified message with your spouse, explaining your decision.
  • You will have fewer individual conversations with others, breaking the news about your divorce.
  • You can set your expectations for privacy and whether you do not want others to talk to you about your divorce.

Before announcing your divorce on social media, you should consider whether doing so is appropriate in your situation.

Reasons It May Be Inappropriate

First, you should tell your family about your divorce before you make a social media announcement. Your children and other close family members deserve to hear the news from you personally and before other acquaintances because your divorce affects them on a more personal level. When considering whether a social media announcement is appropriate, you should ask yourself:

  • How many of your social media connections need to know about your divorce?
  • Does this type of personal announcement fit the tone of your previous posts on the social media account?
  • Can you and your spouse cooperate enough to send out a joint message on your divorce?

With the number of casual acquaintances that people amass on social media, it may be more appropriate to send out a private message about your divorce to a select group of friends. People create social media accounts for varied purposes, and you should not announce your divorce on the same account that you normally use to promote your professional career or post other content that is not about your personal life. Finally, you do not want to have conflicting divorce announcements from you and your spouse, which may turn into public arguments.

Contact a Naperville, Illinois, Divorce Lawyer

The best advice for social media use during your divorce is to keep a low profile. While it may feel cathartic to vent about your divorce and your spouse, your actions on social media can be used as evidence against you when allocating parental responsibilities or dividing marital properties. Even seemingly innocent posts could be misinterpreted in the context of your divorce. A DuPage County divorce attorney at Calabrese Associates, P.C., can advise you on the best way to present yourself during your case. To schedule a consultation, call 630-393-3111.


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