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Spreading the news about your divorce

As our lives move more and more online, many of us may now send and receive all of our news and updates via the Internet. In addition to traditional news sources, this also includes interpersonal communications. For example, we may congratulate a friend on his or her marriage or new baby via Facebook despite the fact that we were not at the wedding and may never meet the child. This is just our new normal.

But what do you do if the news you have to share is not quite as joyous? For example, how do you tactfully alert your Facebook friends and other social networks of your divorce without causing additional humiliation for you or your family? Many people believe that doing so is tactless. However, a recent article in the Huffington Post says that sending an email or Facebook message about your divorce may actually be beneficial.

One of the most significant benefits about sending such a message is that you can control the information, deciding what you want to say and how you want to say it. In doing so, you can set the tone of the conversation and the inevitable gossip that is sure to follow.

Another benefit is that it may save you from future uncomfortable encounters with people who are not sure of your marital situation. It can be awkward and painful to rehash the split time after time, so sending out a short email stating that you are getting a divorce can help to avoid those conversations and help you to move on.

Source: Huffington Post, "E-nnouncing Divorce," Abby Tolchinsky, Feb. 10, 2012

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