Most of us spend a lot of time on social media. The average American spends 144 minutes a day on social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram, keeping up with friends, family, and that one actor who was really good in that movie they just saw.
If you're going through a child custody battle, you should know that posts you make on social media platforms can be used as evidence against you in court. Understanding best practices for using social media during your custody case can help you navigate the custody process more successfully.
Tips for Using Social Media During a Custody Battle:
Here are our tips for using social media during a custody battle:
- Don't. If you can, stay off of social media during your custody case. Unless your job depends on utilizing social media, try and go radio silent as much as you can.
- Make your profile private if you want to, but don't delete posts. If you're worried about privacy, feel free to make your profile private, so only your friends can see it. However, deleting posts probably isn't a good idea. If you delete a post, but your ex or their attorney took a screenshot and use it against you in court, the court may see the deletion as an admission of guilt. Instead, be honest with the court about your intent.
- Don't disparage your ex. The court frowns on certain kinds of behavior, such as disparaging your ex on social media.
- Be careful about what you post. As we mentioned earlier, we suggest refraining from posting on social media. If you do decide to post, think about the content. You don’t know the judge or their sense of humor. If you make a joke on social media about how you hate parenting, the judge may interpret it as a knock on your skills as a caregiver. Avoid posting anything the court may interpret wrongly or that puts you in a bad light.
- Don't text about the case. If you text or private message (PM) a friend or family member about the case and they give that information to your ex's attorney, those texts can be used against you in court. Talk with your lawyer and come up with a response you can use when someone texts you to ask how the custody battle is going.
Going through a child custody battle is never easy. But, with the right approach, it can be significantly less stressful.
If you're embroiled in a custody battle, contact us online or via phone at (407) 315-2006 at Conti Moore Law, PLLC to schedule a consultation.