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What to know about social media and child custody

On Behalf of | Feb 2, 2023 | Child Custody

Child custody is one of the most challenging and emotional factors for many divorce proceedings. It’s often difficult for parents to agree to what is in the child’s best interest, which is when the court steps in.

While this is a difficult time, and turning to friends and family for support on social media may seem innocent, it can actually be detrimental to your case. It can actually be beneficial to stay off of social media  until your custody case is decided.

Anything you post can be found and used against you

You may believe that if you post something on social media, it will remain private. However, this is not the case.

If you vent about your child’s other parent on social media and someone in their family or a mutual friend sees this, they can tell them. The post you made can then be used against you. Even if you posted something innocently, it is not unusual for things to be taken out of context in these cases. This is another reason it is best to avoid using social media during your child custody case.

Even irrelevant posts can impact your case

You may not think something you are posting on social media has anything to do with the child custody case. For example, if you post a picture of your new car or pictures of a night out with friends, your child’s other parent can build a narrative that you are irresponsible with money, using it to party or act immaturely. 

Avoid social media to protect your child custody rights

Child custody can be a difficult process. You can avoid making it worse by staying off social media until the custody case is over. Understanding your legal rights can also help with this.