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What you post on social media can affect child custody

When going through a divorce, whether in Pennsylvania or elsewhere, there are a lot of little things that can affect one's settlement terms. For example, one's rantings or other posts on social media may be used in a negative way by a spouse in order to get the terms desired. This may not apply to every aspect of a divorce case, but it is certainly true when it comes to child custody matters.

Hopping on social media sites is a part of everyday life for most people. They are easily accessible on portable devices, keeping people connected no matter where they are and what time of day it might be. While the purpose behind social media platforms such as Facebook, Google Plus, Instagram and Twitter is good, how such sites are utilized by some people is not so much.

Unfortunately, all of the information posted on social media sites may be used to limit or prevent one from gaining custody of his or her children. Things such as lashing out at one's soon-to-be ex or his or her friends, posting pictures of oneself drinking alcohol, partying or taking part in any other questionable activity can all be used to make one look like an irresponsible parent. Is it worth it?

At the end of the day, no one should lose out on time with their children due to what they post on social media when going through a divorce. It is a stressful time for all involved and sometimes things are said or done out of anger. Those in Pennsylvania who have failed to exercise self-control when it comes to their social media content can seek legal assistance to help minimize any damage it may cause to one's child custody arrangements and other aspects of the divorce settlement.

Source: goodmenproject.com, "How Not to Commit Social Media Suicide During Your Divorce", March 27, 2017

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