Social media has become a significant part of the lives of people in Ontario and elsewhere. Years ago, people used journals to record their experiences and most intimate feelings. These writings were confidential, and it was unacceptable to read another person’s journal. In modern times, people prefer to record the same details online through social media or blog sites for all to read. However, it is typically wise to refrain from blogging during a divorce.
Divorce is an emotional time and much of what people write flows from their emotions at that moment. While venting anger and frustrations may have some therapeutic value, a blog post cannot be retrieved or canceled. Things posted may be detrimental to the writer’s divorce case, and the lawyers of the soon-to-be ex-spouse are sure to be looking out for any posts that can be used against the blogger.
Some choose to show the world that they are coping well during this period by posting images of them partying in the time leading up to the divorce. Not only can this have a negative impact on the court’s opinion of that person, but also on decisions made about child custody issues. When mediation is part of the process, negotiations are confidential. If these details are shared on social media, it may be seen by opposing counsel and the consequences may be severe.
People in Ontario who are going through divorces may avoid circumstances that may complicate proceedings. They can revert to the old-fashioned way of recording their feelings in handwritten journals — only until after the divorce is finalized. Rather than taking advice from blog readers, any concerns may be best discussed with experienced divorce lawyers. Seasoned lawyers can provide guidance and support that may lead to post-divorce circumstances that will be a pleasure to share online. Source: wotv4women.com, “Blogging during divorce: Yes or no?“, Laura Rizzo, Accessed on Nov. 17, 2016