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Keeping social media out of child custody disputes

Going through a divorce can be an incredibly stressful and hurtful experience. It can be especially difficult on individuals with children, as both parents may struggle to do what's in the best interest of the kids. When and if parents cannot decide between themselves, settling issues like child custody and visitation disputes may be left to a Utah family law judge. In these instances, the conduct and character of both parents may be scrutinized by the court to determine who is best fit to have primary custody of the children involved. That is why anyone faced with a custody dispute should be aware of how their online presence can affect their case.

Many people do not realize that any content they publish via outlets like email, text messaging and social media can potentially be used against them in court. In fact, family court judges have been known to rely on these types of evidence to help gauge whether or not that individual is a responsible parent.

Once posted, always public

It can be almost impossible to police everything that is said and seen online. In regards to content published on personal social media pages, there's only so much anyone can do to protect outsiders from viewing personal information.

The right reputation

Given that the soon-to-be ex-husband or wife could introduce evidence gathered online to pose a case against a person, it's wise to minimize the risk of providing them with the opportunity. For example, posting a photograph with friends dancing, however innocently, might be used to suggest an individual is irresponsible.

Last year, social media content was presented as evidence in more than 80 percent of divorce cases. It is for that reason that it's more important than ever to prevent one inadvisable online posting from compromising one's custody rights.


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