These days, pretty much everyone has a social media profile. After a long day at work, it is not unusual to find yourself scrolling through your Facebook timeline or catching up with your friends’ photos on Instagram. It is also not unusual to create a post or two, or even share your most recent photos with your social media “friends and followers.”
But, when you are in the midst of a protracted child custody battle, it is important that you are extra careful with what you post online. Always keep in mind that what you post online during your child custody case can, and will, be used against you.
Here are two social media mistakes that can ruin your child custody case.
Making disparaging remarks about your spouse
There is no question that divorce can be an emotionally taxing endeavor. It is possible to get frustrated and disappointed by your failed marriage, especially if the other party contributed greatly to the collapse of your marriage.
However, no matter how hurt you are, the last thing you want to do is talk ill about your soon-to-be-ex on social media. This amounts to badmouthing, and it can cost you your custody case. And that is not all, you might be found in contempt of court if there is an order prohibiting either party from such behavior during the divorce process.
Posting content that brings your character into question
So your marriage is finally over and you are single one more time. It may feel like it is time to hit the road and enjoy your newfound freedom.
That may be fair enough but is important to note that posting photos of you intoxicated at some exotic party can be detrimental to your custody case should such content come to the attention of the court. Your ex may use such content as evidence that you are not fit for custody.
Child custody tends to be one of the most hard-fought issues during the divorce process. It is in your best interest that you practice prudent social media etiquette during your child custody case.