For a long time, Facebook was as close to a “universal” internet login as there could be. It’s not that Facebook has suddenly lost its reach. It’s still an ubiquitous member of the internet community. However, it seems it has lost a certain something over the last few years. People are starting to talk about unplugging from the social media giant, as they would rather spend their time looking up at an actual person rather than looking down at virtual people on their cellphone.
So how does this pertain to divorce? What does the proliferation of Facebook and the use of this social media site have to do with legally saying goodbye to your spouse?
There are two connections between Facebook and divorce that we want to talk about today, and the first is that getting off of Facebook after a divorce can free you up emotionally. Investing time in scrolling through a news feed, or another person’s Facebook wall is no way to spend your time after a divorce. In fact, it may be tempting to look up your spouse or to keep tabs on him or her via Facebook. Again, this doesn’t help you. It will likely make you depressed — and besides, you can be using this time to read a book, or spend time with friends or family, or out learning something new.
The other reason ditching Facebook after a divorce is important is that using the site can cause legal issues for you. Private messages to individuals, inflammatory status updates, photo and location tags: all of these things could be used by your ex-spouse to prove their side of argument about something tangible to your divorce.
Source: Huffington Post, “Why I Quit Facebook After My Split — And I’d Urge You To Do The Same,” DivorcedMoms.com, April 11, 2014