From Facebook to Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and MySpace, social media is a huge part of most people’s lives. Social media has brought relationships into being. It has also torn families apart. In fact, social media has been linked to a significant rise in marital strife.
If you are going through a divorce, it is important that you are mindful of your social media activity – especially true when fighting over child custody.
Social media posts are admissible in court
What you post on social media can be used against you as evidence during your child custody case. The sole objective of the court during a custody case is to ensure that the best interests of the children are safeguarded. To realize this objective, the court will encourage the parents to agree on a custody arrangement that works for everyone.
However, certain actions by parents can jeopardize these efforts. For instance, engaging in any of the following social media activities can greatly hurt your child custody case:
- Disparaging your spouse: They may no longer be your favorite human being, but they are still your children’s other parent. Trash-talking about them online can give the court the impression that you are likely to be an uncooperative co-parent.
- Posting too much: Have you met someone already and decided to give love another try? Have you been partying with friends and family? Post about it online and your ex-spouse may use that info to convince the court you’re not focused on responsible parenting.
Divorce can be tough when children are involved. Knowing your legal options can help you safeguard your interests while ensuring that your children’s best interests are taken into account.