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Discussing a divorce with respect and confidentiality

On Behalf of | Mar 12, 2020 | Family Law |

When people are getting a divorce in Illinois, their first instinct may be to vent their frustration and disdain to anyone who is willing to listen. They may feel that sharing their frustration with other people will provide comfort, reassurance and validation. 

However, people who behave in this manner may actually hurt their ability to get through their divorce quickly and quietly. The more attention they draw to their discontentment, the more they risk negative consequences including incriminating themselves, hurting the reputation of their ex as well as themselves and creating unnecessary contention. 

Stay off of social media 

One of the biggest mistakes that people can make when they are going through a divorce is to air their dirty laundry on social media platforms. According to the Family Online Safety Institute, there are several critical missteps that people should avoid on social media. These include oversharing personal information, engaging in argumentative conversations and posting disrespectful content about other people. Couples who call each other out on a digital platform increase the risk of causing heated tension that could end up involving people who have nothing to do with their relationship. When this behavior begins to interfere with the details of their divorce, it could complicate things and end up costing couples more angst. 

Informing others of a divorce 

While couples are not required to inform others of their divorce, there will undoubtedly be people close to them who will be wondering what happened. While couples may be tempted to share the nitty-gritty and claim that they are the party that has done no wrong, there is a right way and a wrong way to discuss divorce. Psychology Today suggests that couples create a brief “elevator speech” to disclose the general details of their divorce without oversharing. People who articulate a simple description of their divorce can answer the questions of friends and family members with confidence and ease and without too many details.