Facebook has completely changed the way we share information, in both positive and negative ways. It has allowed people to stay connected with old friends, but it has also allowed others to obtain information about us that we didn’t intend. One area in which we are seeing the potential negative side effects of social media involves child custody.
How Facebook is used in Child Custody Battles
Believe it or not, Facebook has become a big source of information for litigators in child custody battles – even more than emails and text messages. In a story reported by WTSP.com, one Tampa Bay, FL attorney reported that 90% of recent family law cases involved some social media activity. The reason for this is that what you post online, or what others post about you, is documented evidence of your offline behavior, and can be used in court. Often times this involves questionable photos, comments or other behavior that questions whether or not someone is a suitable parent.
Use Social Media with Caution
Everyone has done something embarrassing in his or her life, and the addition of Facebook has made many of these moments even more memorable. But Facebook can be used to highlight the positive moments in your life as well. Here a few tips on how to use Facebook responsibly:
- Always remember that Facebook is public information.
- Only post what you wouldn’t mind everyone in the world to see.
- Never post something in the heat of an argument.
- Don’t post anything that could offend others, or could be misunderstood.
- Share only positive information.
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