It’s very common for people to use social media, such as Facebook, Google+, and Twitter to vent about their divorces. The social network there can be very supportive. Some people even write blogs about their divorce, sharing with the world all of the ups and downs involved. Being able to share your feelings with your friends and acquaintances can be a great outlet. Unfortunately because of the public nature of these outlets, what you say could come back to bite you.
Everyone in this country is guaranteed free speech, but there can be repercussions based on what you say. If you write something untrue about your ex, you could be sued for libel. Slander is a similar situation, but involves things said verbally. It is much easier to prove a false statement that’s been posted on Facebook for the world to see. Truth is always a defense for slander and libel, but if your ex sues you for this, you will incur legal expenses proving what you said was in fact true. As tempting as it is to tell the world what your ex has done, sometimes it is just better to keep it to yourself and not risk a lawsuit.
If you and your ex are parents together, what you do impacts your child. If your child is not online now, he or she will be soon enough. Even if what you said is true, it can be hurtful for your child.
It takes a lot of energy to publicly shame your ex and while it can be helpful to talk with close friends on Facebook (using your privacy settings so no one else can see it), sometimes it is better to think about using your energy to improve your own life and future.
The Sampair Group provides experienced representation in all types of family law cases in in the Glendale, Mesa, and Phoenix areas of Arizona. Call our office today to discuss your case.