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Is it OK to discuss my divorce online?

When going through a divorce, it is easy to let your emotions get the better of you. And it is normal and healthy to want to reach out to others for support and advice. Prior to the rise of social media, people typically communicated directly, but now we can share our thoughts and feelings with a large number of people with just a few keystrokes and mouse clicks.

But is it a good idea to let the world know the details of your divorce via Facebook, Twitter or other social media sites? Well, according to a legal professional who deals with divorce issues, divorcing individuals should think before posting. It is important to avoid venting against those who are causing you frustration.

Making disparaging remarks on a public forum will not help your cause in court. This is especially true if there are child custody issues on the table. For example, if you run down your ex-spouse on Facebook, whatever you wrote could be presented in court. The court may use your remarks to form an opinion about your maternity or parental judgment.

Also, refrain from making negative statements about the judge that is overseeing your divorce proceedings. By posting such comments, you are only providing ammunition for your ex-spouse's attorney, who will likely bring them to the judge's attention. Again, this will not help your cause.

While it may feel good to air out your grievances, it is important to temper this urge with extreme caution. Before posting something, ask yourself if what you have written could be judged in a negative light or misinterpreted. If you are unsure of the possible blowback from the post, then simply do not publish it.

And while you want to censor yourself online, you can still work toward getting the outcome you want from your divorce. A Texas divorce attorney can speak on your behalf where it really matters; in the courtroom.

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