From restaurants to family reunions, social media seems to be everywhere these days. In fact, the Pew Research Center estimates that as many as 8 out of 10 Americans regularly use some type of social media. While there is nothing inherently wrong with posting to YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or any other service, creating certain types of conduct may harm your custody case.
It is always a good idea to think twice about everything you publish online. After all, an ill-advised post may irritate your friends, endanger your safety or even jeopardize your job. If you are going through a child custody dispute, though, closely monitoring your online activity is essential. Here are some suggestions for doing so.
Stay quiet about sensitive subjects
If your custody matter stems from a divorce, you may have some strong feelings about your ex-spouse. For example, you may blame him or her for ruining your marriage. Alternatively, you may question your ex-partner’s parenting approach. Still, ranting about your former spouse online is typically a bad idea. A better approach is simply to stay quiet about sensitive subjects.
Be careful with child-related posts
Some divorce attorneys are exceptionally good at turning molehills into mountains. If an online post even remotely makes you look like an unfit parent, you can expect your ex-spouse’s lawyer to use it against you. Therefore, you must exercise additional caution when posting content that relates to your children.
Watch out for lifestyle posts
For many individuals, divorce brings an entirely different life. While you may feel excited to show off your newfound freedom, you must watch out for certain lifestyle posts. If your online activity indicates you can afford luxury items, for example, you may have a hard time arguing against child support. Furthermore, if you post photographs of nights on the town, your ex-spouse may argue you are an unfit parent.
Using social media may be an effective way for you to manage your post-divorce life. Nonetheless, you do not want your online profile to harm your child custody matter. Fortunately, with a bit of care and some discretion, you can likely enjoy social media without damaging your case.