It’s tempting to air your dirty laundry in public if your partner has left you feeling humiliated or betrayed. Boxer Amir Khan may have thought so when he launched his recent tirade on Twitter against his estranged wife, US-born Faryal Makhdoom.
Mr Khan’s tweets included: “No need to send me pictures of the men your (sic) talking to #disgusted,” and “I’m making it public. You getting the divorce #Golddigger.”
According to a report about Amir Khan’s divorce in The Telegraph, the boxer tagged fellow boxer and alleged love rival Anthony Joshua in one post. Faryal’s responses, which have since been deleted, included: “After all these years. I’ve (sic) always defending a cheat, always stuck around for him, always had his back. And I’m called a gold digger?”
It looks like the high-net worth couple will be searching for family law solicitors to represent them in their forthcoming divorce battle, with Amir Khan’s wealth estimated at around £30m. But does it help to go public in such an unseemly way?
Whilst it may be tempting to let off steam about your ex on social media, it may not help your divorce. If a dispute over access to children, for instance, goes to court, it is possible that the judge may view your behaviour less than favourably. As Amir Khan and Faryal Makhdoom have a daughter together, they should consider how their conduct may influence future access agreements.
Divorcing high-net worth couples also need to consider the reputational consequences that adverse publicity may bring to their careers, such as the knock-on effects on any third-party endorsement deals they have. Making public statements about your ex will undoubtedly fuel any media interest in your relationship, which can make it difficult to go about your day-to-day business.
Expert divorce lawyer Diane Benussi says: “No-one expects a couple going though a difficult divorce to have to remain on speaking terms during the process. A good family law solicitor will handle all of the divorce negotiations for your, so your interactions with your ex-partner can take place through them, and be conducted in a professional and objective way.
“As tempting as it is to sound off about your ex on social media, we would ask anyone contemplating a divorce to think about their future interests, including their career and how their family and prospective partners may view them.
“Even if you delete your social media posts afterwards, if you’re in the public eye there’s every chance that someone has taken screen shots and may publish them. It’s much easier and cheaper to keep your personal life private if you don’t discuss it online in the first place. We recommend that it’s best to maintain a dignified silence when it comes to discussing your ex on Twitter.”
Diane Benussi is the founder of Benussi & Co, one of the UK’s most respected family law firms and a specialist in high-net worth divorce. If you feel that you would benefit from a confidential discussion with a member of the Benussi & Co family law team, please give us a call on 0121 248 4001 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org .