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Should You Announce Your Divorce On Facebook?

HUFFINGTONPOST.COM - As a divorce mediator and lawyer, sometimes I feel like I've heard it all. I am terribly hard to shock. And yet, yesterday something shocked me: a divorce announcement via email. What's more, it was both thoughtful and tasteful.

The thrust of the email: We have been married a long time, we will always be friends and parent peacefully together. Please let me know if you notice anything when your child is with mine about which I should be concerned

I suppose in retrospect, the initial shock wasn't warranted. After all, if social media has been a contributing component of so many enormous world shifts (see Arab Spring), then why not as a means of announcing the most intimate of life changes? Among the tech-savvy youth, Facebook provides a community of sorts, interfacing with their social lives, monitoring their genuine and not-so-genuine friendships with moment-to-moment tracking of every social adjustment. For divorcing adults on Facebook, one need only change one's status from "married" to "single" or "in a relationship" in order to notify Facebook "friends" of the divorce.

But what does an e-announcement provide to a mature adult? Certainly, it seems to spare one the pain of face-to-face disclosures with all the people in life who occupy space somewhere outside of that most intimate inner circle. And these people still need to know. So social media provides a forum in which you can protect your children and "put out your own message," thereby setting the tone of the discourse (or inevitable gossip) to follow. click here to read the full article

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