Social Media Dangers
Child Custody + Social Media = Gift & Curse
In today’s day and age, almost everyone is engaged in some form of social media (Facebook, Instagram...etc.) With that, the gift of social media has it’s many positive aspects, particularly the ability to share moments of our lives at breakneck speeds with our family and friends – you can post pictures and videos of what you’re doing when you’re doing it. Distant family and friends can keep up with all of your new adventures and heart felt moments with the click of a button or touch of a screen.
It’s awesome to share important and fun moments of our lives through these online outlets but with that comes the curse of a good time being taken out of context and turned against you when you’re in the middle of a contested child custody battle.
A prime example would be a person having fun and consuming alcoholic beverages with friends or family and posting pictures of the celebration. Although it may be completely innocent and only occasional, those pictures in the wrong hands and put into a nefarious context, now the person in the pictures has a serious drinking problem and is unfit to care for their child.
In a majority of contested child custody cases that come through our office, social media, in some shape or form is used as evidence to prove a point or show why one parent should have less custody time. The information gathered from social media can be anything ranging from alcohol, marijuana, drugs, guns and all the way to criminal activity to name a few.
At Barrell & Janke Law, we advise all of our clients involved in a contested child custody case to always think twice before posting anything on social media, no matter how innocent the pictures may be. All child custody cases start with he said/she said statements but ultimately it comes down to a matter of what can be proven in court. There’s an old saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” and in this day and age of everyone wanting to publish every aspect of their lives online, the hidden dangers of doing so are greater than ever.