Social media is a huge aspect of our everyday lives. While it’s a great tool for communicating with friends and loved ones, it does have its downfalls. For parents battling for custody of their children, every Facebook post, tweet, Instagram picture, and Pinterest share can be taken out of context and used against you in your child custody dispute.
Don’t Say Anything Negative
If a parent is saying negative things online about their ex, there’s a high chance that they are also doing so in front of the children. This is a big “no-no” to the courts, who believe that children should have a healthy and loving relationship with both parents when possible. This kind of behavior with children negatively impacts their relationship and views of their other parent. If there are posts proving negative language, it’s not going to look good for you in court.
Be Wary of What Pictures You Post
Images are easily taken out of context. If you are at an event or party with alcohol present, and you take a photo that has alcohol in it, you don’t want to post it. If you are tagged in a photo like this, you should first untag yourself, and then second, contact the person and ask them to remove it. Even if you were not drinking or engaging in dangerous behavior, it can be hard to prove in court. It could give off the social image that you are a heavy partier, which is not what courts want to see from parents.
Private Accounts are Still at Risk
Regardless of whether you have a private account or not, the information you post could still get into the hands of your ex. The account could get hacked or maybe your ex still has your login information. Due to this, it’s a good idea to change all of your online passwords, and reset your device logins at this time to ensure that your spouse does not still have access. Additionally, someone might show your ex what you are posting, and if necessary, a private account could be subpoenaed in court.
If you are concerned about your child custody case, contact Autumn Beck Blackledge PLLC today by calling us at (850) 404-7263.