These days, it seems many people don’t think before posting to social media, especially when emotions run high. Most social media users tend to forget that content uploaded to Twitter, Instagram, etc. becomes public once you hit “post.” If you are a parent engaged in a custody battle, it would behoove you to remember that anything you share may be visible to your spouse, your spouse’s attorneys, and members of family court. Lack of forethought when venting or sharing about your personal life online can cost you custody of your child, throw a wrench into your support agreement, and wound your chances of a desirable outcome in your family law case.
It is advised that you avoid social media altogether during your divorce and child custody proceedings. Given the wealth of opportunity it provides for misunderstanding, creating a negative impression, and publicly losing your cool, taking a digital hiatus may be the best move. However, if you plan to stay active on social media, there are a few things you should definitely avoid:
- Posting about your new partner: There are no laws that say you cannot begin dating someone new before your divorce is final. However, it may create an appearance of instability, infidelity, and potential lack of need for financial support after divorce (this is especially true if you reveal you are cohabitating with a new partner). It also creates a negative impression if you are active on dating and hookup sites, post provocative images of yourself, or otherwise appear to be engaging in illicit sexual behavior on the Internet.
- Venting: As a general rule, don’t say anything negative about your divorce, your spouse, or your child custody hearing online—ever. Even if you don’t feel that what you’re sharing equates to mud-slinging or derision, social media posts are notoriously easy to misunderstand, particularly if you are predisposed to assume the worst. In short, if you want to avoid looking like a hot-head in family court, don’t talk about your divorce or child custody battle online.
- Sharing about parties and illegal activities: Again, there are no laws that say divorcing parents can’t go to parties or enjoy a night out. However, sharing about wild nights on the town directly contradicts the primary impression you want to drive home in a child custody case, which is that you are the more stable, responsible, capable parent. Needless to say, posting about driving drunk, using illegal drugs, etc. could not only hurt your chances in family court; it could land you in criminal court as well.
Child custody cases are emotionally brutal. Avoid making it harder than it needs to be by letting our Boca Raton child custody attorneys at The Law Office of Schuttler, Greenberg, & Mullins be your advisors. We are here to serve you to the best of our ability and to help you reach a favorable outcome.
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