Social media is present in most of our lives today. Whether we use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or other social media outlets, most of us freely post our comments and pictures without much thought about how the postings may affect us later.
Many couples include their significant others on their friends list, and mutual friends may have access to their social media pages. Be aware that social media posts can provide a mountain of evidence that could be used against you in court to prove that it is not in the children’s best interest to place them in your care, should issues relating to child custody and visitation arise later. Even an “innocent” re-post of a picture or comment you believe is funny could be used to illustrate your state of mind.
For instance, e-cards and pictures relating to alcohol use are often utilized to prove that a parent has a drinking problem and/or is not stable enough to care for minor children. Additionally, posted statements or pictures relating to your case that are unflattering or show the other parent in a bad light may indicate that you are not the parent who will foster the parent-child(ren) relationship, thus potentially causing you a reduced time-share with the children. This is especially true when your children are members of your social media pages.
While there are several other ways that social media can reflect poorly on a parent’s character and therefore their ability to parent, the important thing to keep in mind is to always be mindful of what you post on social media, especially when you enter legal battles involving child custody and visitation. Or – you can simply turn off your Twitter and Facebook until your divorce is finalized.
Information provided by Holstrom, Block & Parke, APLC, with over 200 years of family law experience