What You Should Know About Social Media and Divorce

In today’s world, “sharing is caring” – and for most things in life, it truly is, but for others, it can have long-lasting negative issues. Sharing on social media is not often “caring” when you and your spouse are divorcing.

Often, we get so engrossed in social media for the likes, comments, and shares. The more engagement we get on our post, the happier and more energized we get; it can be so validating.  However, when you are working through a marital dissolution, one should exercise great caution with what you say about yourself, your spouse, and your children.

Here are some tips we like to share with our clients regarding social media during this difficult time in their lives:

  • When in doubt, don’t post. Less is more on social media.
  • Consider your children’s friends and family when posting –would it make them think differently about you or your child?
  • Remember the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would like done to you.
  • Commenting can often ignite negative feelings – scroll past those temptations.
  • Keep your family matters private – especially when posting about your children.

Don’t let the thrill of posting on social media cause emotional harm that could last a lifetime and derail any chance of preserving your family unit long after your divorce is finalized.

At Peace Talks, our co-mediation teams of attorneys, financial professionals and therapists can help you and your spouse work toward a divorce agreement that is mutually agreeable without dissolving your family unit.

Our divorce mediators work with you to explore options, get the information you need to make good decisions, and assist both of you in reaching an agreement, while keeping both parties in control over their future.

Is divorce mediation for you? Get started with our Quick Start FAQ or contact us today to speak with us personally or schedule a free mediation orientation (310) 301-2100.

Note: This information is general in nature and should not be construed as legal/financial/tax advice. You should work with your attorney, financial, or tax professional to determine what will work best for your situation.

50 Million People Can be Wronged

by Stephanie Maloney

It’s an old advertising ploy used by promoters for everything from cigarettes to soap; postulating, “If so many other people are doing it how can they all be wrong?” The simple answer is they were sold out – literally.

Mr. Zuckerberg has stepped up in a somewhat delayed timeline to acknowledge that like the captain of a ship he is responsible for whatever happens with his vessel.

He will now face a barrage of questions in D.C. to explain the massive borrowing of personal data by Cambridge Analytica for the purposes of obfuscating information related to the candidates in the 2016 elections.

Facebook gives away its services in return for our data. If you’re not familiar with “Bedazzled” you still might recognize the “made a deal with the Devil” dynamic and what your soul is really worth.

I admit that it never occurred to me that 50% of us rely on Facebook for news about the country and the planet, not just vacation videos. So if we thought that we were getting a free ride with our friends and family “pics & clicks” we were wrong.

There are any number health professionals suggesting that we find, no make, the time to unplug for a while every day. It might not be a bad idea to show the kids what it’s like to get an actual letter in the mail-no the other one-with a stamp and their name on it-and it can’t be hacked.