Social media and your child custody case: Things to avoid

On Behalf of | Dec 9, 2021 | Child Custody |

Divorce is tough to deal with. One of the most contested issues during the divorce process is usually child custody. If you are caught up in a high-stake child custody battle, it is important that you put your best foot forward and demonstrate your commitment to your child’s well-being. During this time, it is highly likely that your child’s other parent will be looking out for anything they can use to question your parenting ability.

Social media has become an integral part of life. And while it may seem harmless making those posts or tweets, or sharing those party photos with your social media “friends and followers,” it is important to understand that what you do online can have a lasting consequence on your child custody case. Remember, what you share online can and will be used against you during your custody hearing.

Here are social media mistakes you need to avoid before, during and after your custody case.

Talking negatively about your ex

You may have fallen out of love with your ex. But they are still your child’s parent. One of the common mistakes estranged partners make is taking to social media to vent and say all manner of nasty things about their exes. Wrong. Simply put: Refrain from belittling or expressing your anger towards your ex on social media as this may portray you as a person with serious anger issues. And your ex can use this to gain an upper hand during custody proceedings. Besides, disparaging your spouse can cost you the ultimate price: your child’s custody.

Sharing questionable content

We live in a selfie era. Good enough. However, if you are the type who indulges in selfie games, be mindful of what you are sharing with the world. A selfie of an intoxicated you, or one in which you are in a compromising situation can, and will, hurt your custody case. How so? Your ex can use these to portray you as a bad parent who cannot be trusted with custody.

Most people take to social media to vent and seek support. However, during a child custody dispute, it pays to be mindful of what you share online. Keep a clean profile during your custody battle.