Facebook and other social media outlets have changed our culture, how we communicate and get information. No longer do we have to wait to learn about the latest news or entertainment story. We also do not have to wait to see pictures of a family member’s birthday or graduation, even if they live thousands of miles away. What is the downside of the potential for immediate communication 24/7 and pictures documenting every moment?
The Potential Risks of Social Media
Well, as you might expect, there are many potential issues and unintended consequences caused by using social media. Maybe you receive a friend request from someone you do not know or like, or perhaps your account has been hacked. One example that you might not have considered is how facebook may impact a child custody case. Over the last few years, Facebook has become a significant source of information in child custody cases.
When you or your spouse post online via social media, this information is considered documented evidence of behavior and can be used for or against you in a custody battle. So, questionable posts, inappropriate photos, or other information that could be seen as questionable behavior that might impact your ability to parent will be on display during a child custody hearing. How can you protect against this? Here are some tips for managing social media in a positive way:
- Only post things that are positive. Do not criticize others or say too much about controversial views in your posts.
- Before you post, think about whether you would be comfortable having your post used in court. If your answer is no, you should not post.
- Keep in mind that Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are public information and are seen widely. In fact, a picture of your posts can be taken and used later in a variety of ways.
- Do not post when you are upset, angry or sad. Your state of mind can be questioned in a custody case.
Child Custody Cases
Child custody cases can be complicated, emotional and difficult. Kallemeyn & Kallemeyn focus on difficult child custody cases in the Minneapolis St-Paul area, and have extensive experience helping our clients find custody options and parenting time plans that will work for you and your family and help your children through this difficult time. We can also understand how social media is currently used in these cases and can help ensure that you are fully prepared for what may come out in court. Give our team a call at 1-763-427-5131 if you have questions or would like more information!