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Social Media And Child Custody

What you post on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram can have an effect on your child custody rights. Before you post, think of how it would look if introduced in court as evidence of your fitness as a parent.

Child custody is often contested during divorce. It can also become an issue after divorce if your spouse is seeking a modification of custody or visitation. Here are some examples of posts that can undermine your family law case:

  • Pictures of you consuming alcohol - especially if the pictures were taken at a time when you had custody of children
  • Pictures of you smoking marijuana while you had custody of children
  • Pictures of edible marijuana that could be accessible to children
  • Posting negative comments about your ex
  • Pictures of you on vacation with a boyfriend or girlfriend prior to your divorce
  • Pictures that show you or your children engaging in unsafe behavior
  • Pictures of your residence that may make it appear to be an unsafe environment
  • Pictures of firearms that could be accessible to children

The attorney representing your ex in a child custody case can gain access to everything you post on social media, including posts you deleted. Pictures that you regard as innocent fun can be interpreted in ways you never intended. To protect your rights during a child custody proceeding, it's important think about what your social media posts say about you and how they would appear in court.