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Understanding how social media use affects child custody

On Behalf of | Jul 9, 2020 | Divorce, Family Law |

Social media has become a factor in everyday life for the majority of Americans. However, it is important that you understand the role that social media can play when determining child custody.

Divorce is an emotional process, and wanting a safe place to vent is natural. However, according to Divorcemag, it is important to remember that social media is not private, no matter what your personal settings are.

What if I have my account set to private? 

Third parties can share photos and information very quickly over the internet. For instance, a collection of pictures showing you partying with your friends can show up in your divorce proceedings. Even if you have “unfriended” your ex-spouse on all social media mediums, remember that anybody who is still on your friends list can access your posts and share.

Assume that anything you post on your social media may end up in the divorce court room. It is important to conduct yourself professionally on the internet during your divorce.

How can social media harm my child custody case? 

Posted photos of you partying on social media may put your fitness as a parent in question. Particularly if those photos show you consuming illegal substances. If you do decide to go out for fun during your divorce, be aware of the impact it may have in the courtroom.

Keep in mind that positive social media use can be a good thing. So, posting pictures of you playing with your children or otherwise coping with the divorce in a healthy manner can work in your favor. It is important to seek professional advice regarding your particular situation and the involvement of social media.