Social Media in Custody Cases

If you have a pending custody case, you may want to consider deactivating your social media accounts. Social media posts and photographs are generally admissible in family law cases, and your posts could impact the outcome of your case. Do not make the mistake of thinking that the other parent cannot gain access to your page. Even if you think your privacy settings are protecting you. Even if you have the other parent and their family “blocked” from viewing your profile.  There is always one mutual “friend” willing to screenshot that one regrettable post and give it to the other parent to use in their case.

If you decide to continue to use social media, please keep this in mind: Facebook is not your diary. Other people can see what you post. If your children have Facebook accounts, they can also see what you post. This is not the place to vent regarding your frustrations with parenting, your custody case, or the other parent. This is also not the place to express your views regarding the legalization of marijuana, or to announce your fondness for happy hour. All of these things can be used against you. social-media-evidence-in-divorce-cases

Likewise, the other parent’s social media use can be very helpful in your case. If you see posts that concern you, screenshot them before they think better of the posts and delete them. If possible, try to get the date of the post in the screenshot. Even if their post angers you, do not comment or engage in a public argument with the other parent via social media. Similarly, do not allow your family members, friends, or significant others to do things that you know you should not do. Their actions can impact your case also.

If you need help with a custody case, please contact Cameron & Herrman, P.A., at (316) 265-0650. Our experienced attorneys can guide you through the process and advise you regarding what actions can help (or hurt) your case.

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