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How can your social media activity hurt your child custody case?

On Behalf of | Jun 2, 2023 | Family Law

From catching up with friends and family to meeting new people and doing business, there is no limit to what you can do on social media, as long as you are not breaking the law, of course.

However, if you are currently dealing with a legal matter (criminal or civil), it is in your best interest that you are careful about what you post online. Understanding how the use of social media can impact your child custody case can help you to protect your interests.

Don’t post anything illegal

This ought to be straightforward. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for some parents to share illegal activities online. An example would be going live on Facebook while drunk driving. While this may seem unrelated to your custody case, it can actually end up in court and cause problems. Remember, if your custody case is being litigated, your ex will likely be looking all over (including on your timeline) for anything they can use against you. And reckless or criminal behavior can go a long way in discrediting your ability to be a good parent.

Don’t disparage your spouse

Chances are you no longer love or hold your spouse in high regard; and feel like letting the whole world know about it, especially your social media friends. However, it is important to understand that they are still your child’s parent. Badmouthing them at any point during the custody case can be indicative that you are unlikely to be a good co-parent and could sway the judge’s opinion of which arrangements would best reflect your child’s best interests.

Protecting your interests

Child custody can be a very emotional subject. Learning more about California child custody laws – and how your everyday actions can potentially impact your case – can help you safeguard your rights and interests while litigating your child’s post-divorce living arrangements.