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How social media can hurt your child custody case

Today, most people have at least one social media account. Social media websites are great for sharing photos, keeping in touch with long-distance friends and even gathering news. In some situations, however, social media can be destructive.

Think about the last time you vented about a difficult co-worker on Twitter or posted a picture of yourself on Facebook that you wouldn't want your mother to see. While posting comments or photos on social media sites may not seem like a big deal, if you are going through a divorce and working out a child custody agreement, posting the wrong thing can affect how the judge views you as a parent.

According to the American Association of Matrimonial Lawyers, social media posts get used as evidence in more than 80 percent of divorce cases. Often those posts involve one spouse bad-mouthing the other. So what should you do? 

The obvious answer is to stay away from your social media pages during your divorce. Resist the urge to talk about how uncooperative your ex has been, and definitely do not post those pictures from your trip to Vegas. While it is true that you are an adult and can make your own decisions, when your ability to parent your children is being reviewed by a judge who doesn't know you personally, it's important to make sure you are seen in the best light. If you really need to vent, call a friend. 

In the end, how you handle your Internet presence during your divorce is about doing what is best for your children. Don't let your frustration over your divorce get in the way of maintaining a strong relationship with them.  

Source: The Washington Times, "Email, texting can become a WMD during a divorce or custody case," Myra Fleischer, April 23, 2013

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