In a world where technology connects us all, social media has become integral to our lives, altering the way we communicate. Yet, as convenient as it is, social media presents challenges, particularly for those undergoing divorce and other family law cases in Canada. This post explores the impact of your online presence on divorce and family law cases and offers tips to safeguard your interests.
Social Media Risks:
Almost anything posted online can be used against you in court, making platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram potential sources of evidence. Seemingly innocent posts can be misconstrued, influencing the court’s perception of your character. For instance, a casual night out could be twisted to depict you as an unfit parent or spouse. To mitigate this, exercise caution in your online activities and consider who can access your posts.
Impact on Child Custody:
In Canada, the court prioritizes the best interests of the child in custody (now called “parenting”) cases. Your online presence directly influences your ability to secure significant parenting time and decision making responsibilities for your child. Content related to inappropriate activities, such as drug use or excessive drinking, can be used as evidence against you. Therefore, exercising discretion in your online activity is crucial.
If you’re going through a divorce or custody battle, consulting a lawyer familiar with the impact of social media on cases is essential. They can offer guidance on what not to post and how to protect yourself from negative consequences, ensuring your online presence doesn’t harm your case.
Protecting Yourself Online:
- Privacy Settings: Set your profiles to private to control who sees your posts. Even with privacy settings, be cautious, as there are ways for the other party’s lawyer to access your accounts.
- Be Mindful of Your Posts: Think twice before sharing anything online, especially content that could be interpreted negatively. Posting about luxury items or vacations might misrepresent your financial situation.
- Avoid Negative Behavior: Resist the temptation to vent frustrations or share negative emotions online. Anything negative can be used against you, so refrain from discussing your divorce or expressing negative opinions about your partner online.
Divorce and custody battles are emotionally taxing, and social media can exacerbate the stress. Remember, every online post can impact your case. To help navigate this challenging time successfully, exercise caution and discretion online.
In the challenging terrain of divorce and custody battles, social media can come back to haunt you and add an extra layer of stress. Anything online can impact your case. Be careful.
The Gene C. Colman Family Law Centre can assist you in navigating potential social media pitfalls. Contact us today to arrange your in-depth remote consultation and take control of your divorce journey.