Social media has become a popular form of communication for billions of people all over the world. It is used to keep in touch with old friends, family members living thousands of miles apart and to simply share stories. But, social media can hurt your divorce proceedings immensely, especially when it comes to the property division part of the process.

Social media posts can get you into a lot of trouble with your soon-to-be former spouse when going through a divorce. Why? If you are negotiating what property or assets will remain with you or go to your spouse, you will want to refrain from being derogatory on social media to your spouse.

It’s important to avoid making major purchases while going through a divorce, but if you must, do not post pictures of what you buy on social media. This includes a new car, a boat, artwork, a suite at a sporting event or anything else your spouse will want a share of in the divorce.

If at all possible, deactivate your social media accounts after filing for divorce. Better yet, deactivate the accounts before you file for divorce. It can be easy to disparage your spouse on social media when going through a lot of marital problems.

As you can see, social media can be a blessing and a curse. Be sure to refrain from posting on any of your social media accounts while going through a divorce. Doing so can help you avoid added stress with your spouse as you negotiate who will get what items in the divorce.