Social media etiquette during a child custody battle
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Social media etiquette during a child custody battle

On Behalf of | May 26, 2022 | Child Custody

These days, pretty much everyone has a social media profile. In fact, the average American spends approximately 140 minutes per day on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter making posts, sharing photos and keeping in touch with friends and family.

However, while social media is a significant part of life, it is important to understand that it can play a detrimental role when you are dealing with a legal matter. This is especially true when you are caught up in a child custody battle with your ex.

The kinds of posts you need to avoid while litigating child custody

Basically, it would be great if you could avoid social media altogether during the child custody case. However, if this is not possible, then there are things you need to avoid posting on social media. Here are some of them:

Discussing the child custody case

Ranting about your ex or the direction your case is taking might end up in the ears of the judge. And as you can imagine, this can hurt your case immensely. By all means, avoid talking about every aspect of your child custody case in court.

Showcasing your lifestyle

Posts about yourself partying while intoxicated or doing hard drugs may seem harmless. However, as far as the family court and your ex are concerned, these may be clear indicators that you may not be fit for custody.

Lying about your finances

Income is a huge factor during child custody and child support cases. Posting expensive items or a lavish lifestyle can influence the amount of child support the judge will direct you to pay (since this would give the impression that you are financially well off).

Your new love life

There is absolutely nothing wrong with getting back to the dating scene after the divorce or separation. However, posting photos of your new lover before a child custody arrangement is settled can cause problems.

Social media has revolutionized how people meet and interact. However, practicing social media “best practices” during your child custody case can help you avoid costly mistakes down the road.

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