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Can social media posts hurt your child custody case?

On Behalf of | Jan 18, 2023 | Child Custody and Visitation

In a world where social media is king, it’s essential to know how your posts can impact your life – including your child custody case. While you may not think twice about what you share on Facebook or Instagram, courts can and do often review social media posts as part of custody cases. 

If you’re in a custody battle, it’s important to be mindful of what you post online. 

Don’t share your divorce or custody frustrations online

Anything you post online, from pictures and captions to comments on other people’s posts, can be used as evidence to support an argument or prove that something is true. Be aware that this applies to not just your pages but all of your activity on social media. Even posts that aren’t explicitly about a custody dispute can be interpreted differently.

Avoid posting anything online that could be seen as negative or critical of your ex-spouse or children. The court may view posts with extreme negativity as signs of unstable behavior and make decisions accordingly, so it is better to refrain from digital venting during this process. 

In addition to refraining from posting negative stories or remarks that your ex-spouse can use against you, make sure to craft your posts in a positive and upbeat light that reflects well on your character both online and in court. Be mindful of what others might post about you on social media — if there is something negative, you can request that it be taken down.

It is imperative to be aware of what you post on social media during a divorce or child custody battle. It’s also a good idea to stay on top of what others might say about you on their accounts and request that any negative posts be removed. Social media is a public arena, and your posts are accessible to anyone, so try to maintain a positive attitude and only post content that reflects positively on you. By managing your social media presence carefully, you can make sure it never harms your case.