Do not post inappropriate content on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or socialnetworks. Inappropriate posts may indicate that you are an unfit parent, abuse drugs or alcohol or otherwise not acting in the best interest of your child.
The other parent may be trolling around your Facebook page looking for any angle to help prevail in a custody feud. A seemingly innocuous “Facebook friend” may actually be feeding information to the other parent.
Social media posts and divorce:
- Do not post any negative or disparaging remarks or comments about the other parent, the judge, the psychiatrist, the psychologist, the guardian ad litem, or anyone involved in the custody proceeding.
- Do not post about your ex girlfriend’s Rhode Island child custody lawyer.
- Refrain from posting about your ex girlfriend’s family.
Do not blog about your case.
You should fight your divorce case in Providence Family Court. The divorce should not be litigated on your blog or Twitter account. These blogs infuriate judges especially when there is a chance that the minor children may view the blog.
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Why should you avoid blogging about you divorce?
- Your spouse will inform the judge about the content of your posts. This may create a negative perception of you. Perception is reality!
- Damaging information may damage your legal position in the divorce.
Social media and child support contempt
Social media can be a minefield for litigants in Providence Family Court facing child support contempt proceedings. If a litigant is asserting that he is unable to pay child support but Facebook posts are unearthed that undercut that assertion, it can be very problematic. Here are some of the types of posts that can cause a father to be found in willful contempt for failure to pay child support:
- Pictures of a lavish vacation while refusing to pay child support
- Posts concerning work history when a litigant claims he has no income and no employment
- Posts concerning expensive purchases while failing to pay a Rhode Island child support obligation
“During the discovery process, it is common for a domestic attorney to request that the opposing party produce a complete copy of their Facebook history. What is the opposing counsel looking for? Images or messages that reflect that you are an unfit parent, that you cheated (or are cheating) on your spouse, that you made disparaging comments about your spouse, or even that you confessed your own marital or parenting faults and failures – all of which could be damaging to your domestic case.” Joseph, Greenwald and Laake, PA. http://www.jgllaw.com/blog/five-reasons-deactivate-or-delete-your-facebook-account-while-your-divorce-case-
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