Does Social Media Impact Child Custody Cases?

In Colorado, as in most states, courts determine child custody based on the best interests of the child. In all divorce, legal separation, annulment, or paternity cases that involve children, courts look closely at both parents when determining parental rights and responsibilities.

Social media sites like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are popular forms of communication for millions of people every day. Many people choose to communicate with family and friends through social media instead of calling or texting on the phone or writing letters. Posting texts and photos on sites like Facebook and Instagram are quick and easy and get instant responses from friends and followers.

Social media is a valuable communication tool for sharing important information with friends and family, but it’s also a valuable tool used by some attorneys and courts for gathering evidence in divorce and child custody cases. If you’re going through a divorce that ends up in court, and child custody is an issue, social media posts can have a big impact on the outcome of your case. Discovery is an important part of any child custody case for a family lawyer Centennial Colorado. In court cases, plaintiff’s and defendants are allowed to present discovery evidence that may have a positive or negative impact on the outcome of their case. Social media posts can reveal both positive and negative personal and/or family behaviors that may impact a court’s decision in awarding child custody and visitation (parental rights and responsibilities). Courts may be swayed by social media posts that display positive or negative images or texts regarding the best interest of a child including:

* Personal behaviors

* Parenting skills

* Accidents and injuries to the child

* Family or parental arguments or disputes

* Accusations or evidence of neglect

* Accusations or evidence of domestic violence

* Accusations or evidence of child abuse

* Parental alienation by one parent to the other

Many parents don’t realize the impact that posting on social media can have on a child custody case. If you’re going through a divorce that involves children and child custody issues, your online activities and posts to social media sites should be conducted in a professional manner. The things you post on social media can be used to determine what’s in the best interest of your child in awarding child custody and parental rights and responsibilities. If you’re a social media junkie and just have to post, keep your social media comments and photos positive and upbeat.