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Facebook considerations for divorcing individuals

When a person gets divorced, there are many different things for them to consider. The technology advances of recent years have added some things to the list of important divorce considerations. One of these new considerations is: what to do about Facebook.

In today's world, many divorcing individuals have Facebook accounts. It can be important for divorcing individuals to consider what effects Facebook can have during a divorce and take such considerations into account when it comes to their Facebook habits.

One way Facebook can have an effect on a divorcing individual is in the messages/updates they receive and see on Facebook. If a person is Facebook "friends" with their ex, they may have many updates regarding their ex show up on their news feed. This could be tough for a person emotionally and may be something they simply don't want to expose themselves to. When this is the case, one option a person may want to pursue is blocking their ex on Facebook. Recently, Facebook put out an instructional video that goes over the steps of blocking an ex on Facebook.

Another way Facebook can impact a divorcing individual is through what the individual says on Facebook. Careless comments made on Facebook by a divorcing individual during a divorce could poison channels of communication between the person and their ex (which could be a particularly big problem if they are trying to co-parent), inadvertently make things more difficult for the person's kids or even end up coming back to haunt the person in important divorce proceedings. Consequently, being very careful about what one says on Facebook can be of great importance during a divorce. 

Thus, when a person is getting divorced, they may want to take a little time to think about what they are going to do Facebook-wise during the divorce. 

Source: Huffington Post, "Even Facebook Thinks You Should Block Your Ex After A Breakup (And Here's How)," Brittany Wong, Dec. 11, 2014

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