Can social media posts affect your child custody hearings?

On Behalf of | Mar 6, 2023 | Child Custody & Visitation |

Social media has become an integral part of our lives but can also have serious consequences regarding child custody hearings. They can be used as evidence in court and heavily scrutinized during proceedings.

Here is what you should know before posting anything online.

Even private posts aren’t safe from scrutiny

With the ever-increasing presence of social media, it is becoming increasingly common for messages, comments, and posts to be used as evidence in a child custody case. Court decisions around the country can confirm that electronic communications from both parties can be a valuable source of evidence in any family law proceeding.

Here are some ways social media posts can affect your child custody hearings:

  • Any posts that show you engaging in questionable behavior, such as excessive drinking or drug use, can be used against you in court.
  • Posting negative comments about your ex-spouse on social media can make you look bad in front of the judge and impact your chances of getting custody.
  • Posts that show you neglecting or mistreating your children can be used against you in court and impact your chances of getting custody. Even if you create a post meant to be a parody, it can still be taken out of context and used against you.
  • If there are inconsistencies between what you post on social media and what you say in court, it could damage your credibility and hurt your case.

The key takeaway is to exercise caution when using these platforms. Anything you post or say online can become an exhibit in your court case; always consider how the opposition or judge may interpret your words. To avoid any negative impact on your child custody hearings, it’s best to avoid social media altogether during the proceedings. If that’s not possible, carefully consider what you post and how others could perceive it.