Can social media impact my child custody case?

Can social media impact my child custody case?

On Behalf of | Jul 26, 2022 | Child Custody

Are you an active Facebook, Twitter or Instagram user? Do you love sharing your life stories (success and setbacks) with your social media friends and followers? If so, you are not alone.

However, if you are in the middle of a contested child custody case, then you need to be cautious about what you post on social media. Yes, just as with your divorce, social media can impact your child custody case. Here are social media mistakes you need to steer clear of while dealing with your child custody case:

Badmouthing your ex

Your ex might be your least favorite person during the divorce and separation process. However, the last thing you want to do is let the world know about it. No matter how strained the relationship is, do not bad mouth your ex online – or anywhere else, for that matter. Besides complicating your divorce case, this will also hurt your custody case. If the court learns about your behavior, it will question your fitness for shared custody. And you will have a difficult time convincing the court that you can effectively co-parent in the best interest of the child.

Talking about your love life

Nothing prohibits you from giving love another go after the divorce or separation. However, documenting your new love life online can impact your custody case in several ways. For instance, if your current partner has a criminal record or a history of substance abuse, then your co-parent may petition the court to limit or restrict your access to the child. The same would be true if your relationship with your new partner appears tumultuous.

Child custody can become a heavily contested subject during the divorce process. Find out how you can safeguard your rights and interests while handling a child custody case.