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Social media and child custody: Do you know what you’re doing?

On Behalf of | Mar 25, 2019 | Co-Parenting And Child Custody

When you decide to divorce, there’s a good chance you won’t be getting along with your soon-to-be ex-spouse. This can lead you to say things you don’t mean, including on social media.

Since there’s so much at stake during your divorce, including matters regarding child custody, you don’t want to use social media in the wrong way. Here are four tips you can follow to avoid trouble:

  • Refrain from talking poorly about the other individual: As tempting as it may be to disparage the other individual on social media, doing so will only increase tension. Depending on what you say, it can also work against you in regard to child custody.
  • Don’t retaliate: If the other person is saying negative things about you on social media, you may be tempted to jump in and defend yourself. Rather than do this, ignore the comments but save them for later use.
  • Don’t share your location: Depending on the social platform, others may see where you are located when sharing an update. This can work against you in many ways, such as if the other individual has shown a violent side in the past.
  • Keep it private: The best way to avoid social media trouble is to stay off of these platforms altogether. If this isn’t an option, keep your profile private so only you and select people can see your updates. However, even if you take this step, you still shouldn’t say anything about the other person. If you have a mutual friend, for example, this person may show your ex what you’re saying.

Social media can complicate the divorce process, while also impacting child custody decisions. Fortunately, a little bit of will power can go a long way in preventing trouble.

If you’re facing divorce and/or child custody concerns related to social media use, don’t wait to collect evidence and learn more about your legal rights in Massachusetts. The sooner you take action, the sooner you’ll have a clear idea of how to best protect yourself and your children.

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