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Is Joe Jonas the world's best father? Don't believe everything you read online... 
To the outside world, the Jonas Brothers have always kept their brand wholesome and family focused. From wearing purity rings as teenagers to including their wives in everything that they have done since, it’s all about family. So why, now that divorce has hit the middle brother, has a smear campaign on his ex-wife suddenly appeared across social media? 
Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner are heading for divorce after four years of being married, and this week, several articles from various celebrity gossip sites have emerged accusing Turner of being a bad mother, a party animal, and having committed some mysterious atrocity which was then captured on their video doorbell and viewed by Jonas, encouraging him to split from her. Is it a coincidence that Jonas has been snapped by the paparazzi with their daughters out and about, being dad of the year, whilst all this has been going on? Well, upon that we can only speculate, however it is interesting that before now, Jonas and Turner’s children have never been photographed before. 
But what does this have to do with us? It’s simply all gossip, likely blown out of proportion. Well, it got us thinking about acrimony within divorce, and how to navigate this if your soon-to-be former partner starts behaving unreasonably. Here in the UK, the reforms implemented in April 2022 meant that there is far less acrimony within divorce proceedings as there is now no need for blame to be apportioned. With Jonas and Turner marrying in Las Vegas, this doesn’t apply to them, but it applies to you, so read on. There is no need to prove fault or wrongdoing by either party in order to obtain a divorce, which vastly reduces the likelihood of communication breaking down on account of hostility or animosity. There are, however, still cases where your ex-spouse may post negative things about you on social media. Here are our tips for navigating this situation: 
Firstly, you must practise empathy and patience. In an emotionally charged time, it is important that you do not retaliate, and simply reply in a calm and measured manner. They are likely looking for a reaction from you, so don’t give them one. Remain open and honest, clear in your responses, yet still polite, even if they are not doing so in return. This will stand you in better stead when you enter the courtroom, as your conduct will be viewed more favourably. Keep contact itself to a minimum, or perhaps find somebody to act as an intermediary, either a close friend, solicitor or McKenzie Friend. 
In the situation that your ex is posting about you on social media, the first rule is, again, to not retaliate. Simply screenshot and save anything negative said and keep it on your phone as evidence for a later date. Your solicitor or McKenzie Friend will be able to use it in a statement to support your case. Of course, not everything said will have any legal weight necessarily, but it will put you in a better position if you can be seen as ‘the reasonable one’ in the proceedings. 
Of course, the goal is for the divorce to be a cooperative, sensible affair between two adults, however this cannot always be achieved. We didn’t all get married in Vegas and use our children for an image-boosting photo opportunity, but the premise remains the same. No good can come of slandering your ex online, it will only act against you once you arrive in court. We’d send this to Joe Jonas, but he’s in the middle of a tour so we assume he doesn’t have much spare time for reading. 
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