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Why you need to keep off social media while litigating child custody

On Behalf of | Dec 27, 2022 | Child Custody |

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter – social media is a huge part of everyday life these days. These platforms allow us to catch up with the people we love, make new friends and, occasionally, share life’s milestones and setbacks with the world.

However, whereas you are free to share your mind with the world on these platforms (as long as it is legal, of course), it is important to understand that your social media activity during a child custody case does matter. As such, it helps to mind your social media activity during your divorce and child custody case.

Here are two reasons why you are better off avoiding social media during your child custody case.

The risk of your posts being misinterpreted

Character and personality are big issues when awarding custody and visitation rights. Photos of you partying with friends over a bottle can give the impression that you are an alcoholic who may not be a good fit for custody. The last thing you want is for your ex to misinterpret your social posts or deliberately turn them against you.

The risk of revealing too much

When on social, it is understandable to want to share those vacation photos or the news of your promotion at work. After all, we are human, and it is only sensible that we share our little wins with the people in our circle. However, you want to be careful about revealing too much information about your life during these challenging times. A cruise vacation or a new relationship may seem frivolous during a child custody case. However, your ex can dispute your fitness for custody on account of being in a relationship with someone. Also, the court might adjust your child support payments based on your perceived spending habits. While litigating your child custody case, it is in your very best interest that you keep these aspects of your life as private as you can.

Social media is a big part of life. Unfortunately, it has also found its way into the courtrooms. Find out how you can protect your rights and avoid mistakes while litigating your child custody case.