Social Media During Divorce

According to the Holmes-Rahe Stress Inventory, divorce ranks second in the list of most stressful events in life. If you are going through, or even contemplating divorce, you should know that the stress of divorce is probably going to wear you down.

There is no doubt that anyone going through divorce needs extra support. Today, people commonly turn to social media for support. But during a divorce, social media postings can create new problems.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind about what you post on social media during a divorce:

  • Consider whatever you post on social media to be permanent. While you can delete a regretful posting, it can be reposted prior to deleting, or even printed.
  • Establish guidelines with your divorcing spouse about posts involving children. You may want to consider not posting anything regarding children while you are going through a divorce.
  • If possible, talk with your divorcing spouse prior to making public announcements about the status of your relationship.

One additional note: while negative posts are troublesome, posting as if you are still an intact couple can create confusion with those closest to you with whom you have shared that you are divorcing. This can make it difficult for them to know how to support you. Less is more. Keep it positive.


Written by: Jackie Dunagan