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Why you should be wary of social media during a divorce

If you consider how major news stories are reported today, especially when it involves celebrities or other high profile individuals, there are commonly reports about reactions via social media. In essence, statements over Twitter, Facebook and Instagram have become an ingrained part of our culture as many Americans use social media to express themselves so that a wider audience can be included in a particular discussion.

While this is a fascinating mode of communication, it may not be the best medium for people embroiled in child custody disputes. Indeed, warring couples are more apt to say things over the Internet that they would not otherwise way in person. The same goes for pictures of themselves in compromising positions.

But what some people may not realize while in the moment, social media rants are permanent record; meaning they cannot be deleted or destroyed once they are set forth in cyberspace. Indeed, taking pages down and deleting comments can help in limiting the exposure, but this does not change the nature of the discoverability of such statements. Essentially, a computer forensics expert can retrieve deleted posts or pages.

With that said, people who are in the midst of a custody and/or parenting time dispute should be wary of posting things on social media outlets about their legal proceedings. Not only will this not endear you to the court, it may be viewed as an indication that you are not capable of making child-focused decisions. Simply put, if you don’t want a family court judge to read your post, don’t put it on social media. 

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