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Top Five Ways Social Media can Hurt or Help Your Child Custody Case

Posted on May 21, 2017

social media during child custody Social media owns people’s lives from young to old ages. Staying off of social media now works the same as asking someone to stay away from candy. People want social media time because it allows them to say whatever comes to their minds. Be it good or bad, people blast out to the world what they think. However, often times social media puts people in dangerous situations. Take for example people getting fired from professional sports organizations for tweets in poor taste. Something you believe to be funny may insult or offend someone else. Due to this truth, managing your social media accounts carefully and cautiously helps you stay out of trouble.

While no one would think of this off the top of their head, social media greatly impacts child custody cases often. Child custody cases include all types of evidence, and social media posts fall into the category of potential evidence. However hesitant you are to believe this, read on to find out how social media posts can impact your child custody case.

Top Five Ways Social Media can Hurt or Help Your Child Custody Case HURT- Tweets About Illegal Activities

The worst possible scenario includes your tweeting about taking part in illegal activities. Remember, in child custody cases everything you say and do, goes under the microscope. The opposing side wishes to prove that your spouse deserves the children more than you. Nothing speaks more to that than showing that you partake in activities a good parent would never be a part of. Say you post on Facebook a picture of your smoking marijuana. While you may feel the picture does not carry great meaning if seen by the wrong people it can destroy your case. Judges take into account how parents live their lives with and without the children around. Anything you do can be construed a number of ways by the opposing legal team. Make sure they cannot find anything to call you out on, on your social media.

HURT- Your Dating Profiles

Perhaps you chose to move on from your spouse, starting a dating profile along the way. One of the top ways people suffer in their child custody cases involves dating profiles. Opposing sides find your dating profile and exploit any aspect of it that they can find. If you fail to mention your children, you can be painted as someone who does not care about your children. If you check off the “no children” box, you look even worse. It appears as if you have no interest in being involved with the children at all. However, even more, possibilities loom large when it comes to dating profiles.

HURT- Listing Yourself as Dating

Perhaps you found success after starting your dating profile. This may seem like good news with no potential bad news, but that is not the case. In the scenario, your dating profile works out and you list yourself as in a relationship with someone else, a Pandora Box of problems open up. The opposition can claim that you are boasting about a new relationship before your own marriage is even officially over. They can claim you are not dutiful to your wife, thus not being dutiful to your children. Waiting until the divorce finalizes completely works to ensure you do not get called out for moving on.

HURT- Venting About the Court Sessions/Decisions

This one happens quite often and hurts cases the most. Never go on social media and post about what happened in the court-room. Even an innocent “rough day in the court-room” tweet can be taken and twisted by the opposing side. Even worse, complaining about anyone involved in the court process can harm you significantly in the eyes of the court. A negative tweet about a judge, a negative Facebook post about the opposing side’s lawyer, or any negative thoughts as a whole fall into the disaster category for social media posts.

HELP- Be Open and Honest About Everything, Put Yourself in a Good Light

Understand that the majority of your social media actions will work against you. There are far more negatives than positives on this list for good reason. While you can help yourself by posting cute pictures of your children and supportive messages that look appealing to the general public, odds are they will not make a major impact on your case. The most major impact that you can make is the posts you do not make. Every negative post you choose not to send out, every thought that can harm your case that does not hit the internet, they all work in your favor. Remember, social media can be harmful towards your case, and managing your accounts accordingly will go a long way towards getting the result you wish to get. Stay off social media, or manage it carefully.

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