One of the many uncomfortable tasks that you have following your decision to divorce is when and how to tell others about it. You need to break the news personally to your children and close family members. Some friends may also deserve to hear the news directly from you. What about the other people you interact with on a regular basis? It could be emotionally tiresome to repeat your divorce conversation with all of your friends and other social acquaintances. Some couples will instead announce their divorce on social media. Before you decide whether a social media announcement would be right for you, you should consider the potential benefits and pitfalls.
Advantages of a Social Media Announcement
The most appealing part of announcing your divorce through social media is that it removes the pressure of having numerous in-person conversations about your divorce. Beyond that, a well-executed social media announcement can help you control your public message about your divorce:
- You and your spouse should use the same announcement so that your message is consistent.
- You can set the tone for the message, whether it is somber or more hopeful.
- You can use filters to determine who is able to see your announcement.
- You can set clear boundaries for talking about your divorce any further.
Setting the right tone in your announcement can be helpful if you are worried about how people will respond to it. Your friends should follow your lead if you express that you hold no resentment or want to focus more on your roles as parents.
How It Can Go Wrong
Social media is not the place to air your grievances against each other or share intimate details about your marriage and decision to divorce. A social media announcement may not work for you if you cannot compose a calm message or if you disagree with your spouse about what the announcement should say. Your announcement should also use an appropriate tone given the news you are delivering. Some couples will add humor to their announcement to try to break the tension, but some friends may not understand the humor or may not find anything funny about divorce.
Contact a Kane County Divorce Attorney
After announcing your divorce on social media, it is advisable to not discuss it any further on these platforms. Things that you say about your divorce in public can sometimes be used against you in your case or create tension during negotiations. A Batavia, Illinois, divorce lawyer at Van Larson Law, P.C., can help you focus on completing your divorce without the drama. Schedule a free consultation by calling 630-879-9090.