If you are currently fighting for custody of your children or dealing with
legal issues in a divorce, then it is important that you monitor what
you are posting online. If you start venting to Facebook or posting Tweets
about your frustrations then they may be used against you in the court.
This is especially relevant when you are dealing with custody situations.
In their monthly newsletter, The Moskowitz Law Group, LLC recommends that
individuals that are dealing with custody issues steer clear of venting
on Facebook, Twitter, or any other public social media site. It is not
only your feelings that you should keep off of Facebook. During divorce
battles and child custody arguments, you should also avoid posting any
information about big purchases you have made and vacations that you have
taken recently. The information that you post online about your brand
new car or your European tour can color the court's view of your finances
and affect your child support settlement.
As well, you should make sure to avoid posting any photos, videos, or statuses
about parties or other rowdy get-togethers and activities with friends
that are not kid-friendly. For example, if you went clubbing with your
girls last week, it is best to keep those photos offline. Your ex-spouse
and his or her lawyer has the right to use those photos to present you
as a poor parent, and you wouldn't want some harmless pictures to
ruin your ability to spend time with your children. Photos of excessive
drinking, smoking, drug-related issues, or other illegal or "adult"
activities should be kept offline.
In addition, it is important that you check your profiles frequently to
make sure that no one in your family or none of your friends are posting
these photos. Family members may be prone to post about new purchases
without your permission, without thinking that it could reflect on your
poorly. Friends may tag you in photos from the other night if you are
not careful, also putting you in a bad light even though they didn't
mean any harm. It is important to communicate with friends and family
about this and discuss the fact that no one should be posting photos of
this nature online.
It is also very important that you stay positive online. Don't post
venting Facebook statuses about your lawyers, your ex-spouse, the judge
in your case, or anything else pertaining to the divorce. Whatever words
you post online can be used against you, so it is best to stay positive
and avoid any negativity online. Also, make sure that none of your friends
post comments about the situation on your wall or Tweet at you. Even if
they are trying to be helpful, they may end up ruining the goals for your case.
Also, don't write anything online that you wouldn't want your kids
to read. Chances are that they can view your profile, and even if you
don't think that they can chances are that word will get around and
they will discover what you have posted. It is also important that you
never post anything that you wouldn't want a judge hearing your case
to know about. Because your spouse's lawyer is probably searching
for evidence that puts you in a bad light, it is important that you be
as careful as possible to avoid any situations where you may post something
that could lead to a bad situation.
Ultimately, The Moskowitz Law Group, LLC wants to help you fight your case.
You need a dedicated Bergen County divorce attorney on your side to help
you as you work through this difficult season of life.