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10 Things to Keep in Mind During a Divorce: Social Media and New Relationships

by Norris Law Group on July 30, 2014

10 Things to Keep in Mind During a Divorce: Social Media and New RelationshipsCan divorce be made any easier? Jim Halfens, a divorce specialist and CEO of Divorce Hotel, thinks so. In the Huffington Post, he offers a list of 10 things that people going through a divorce should keep in mind as they move forward through the process. We’ll look at two of Halfen’s suggestions each day this week. Yesterday’s blog discussed how to move forward, along with how to deal with family and friends. With his next two suggestions, Halfens asks divorcing couples to strongly consider the following:

5. “Do not abuse social media!” This is becoming more and more critical in this day of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. We have covered this in other posts in this blog as well. It is extremely to go off on a “Facebook rant” or start a “Twitter war” either about or even with an ex. This is not smart. Anything you say on social media may be accessible to your ex, even if you block him or her. If you had mutual “friends” or “followers” that you kept, they could easily see what you say and report back to your ex. Your posts could also make it back to your ex’s attorneys and even the judge if your divorce goes to court. If you try to libel or threaten your ex in any way via social media, it may work against you in your divorce. It may even drag out the divorce process even more, costing you time and money. In short, don’t do it.

6. “Do not talk about your new relationship.” If you have entered into a new romantic relationship since your divorce, you may want to shout it from the rooftops. Again, don’t. If you’re happy, that’s wonderful. But it may also come across to your ex or even to a judge as petty and competitive, as though you are trying to “win” some “contest” as to which spouse will find a new partner first. You could be formally accused of adultery. It is especially unwise to discuss a new relationship if that relationship contributed to your divorce. Keep a new relationship to yourself until your divorce is completely over.

Attorney Graham Norris and his associates at the Norris Law Group serve the residents of Utah County and throughout Utah in the area of family law, including prenuptial agreements. Contact them today at 801-932-1238 or online for a free consultation.

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