If you have heard the adage, “think before you hit send” there’s a reason behind it. In the midst of custody and parenting time battles, or during a contentious divorce, emotions tend to run high and people often feel the need to vent on social media. After all, sharing one’s momentous life moments on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook has become as common as calling a friend to unload one’s burdens.
While there are some instances where social media messages can be made, but for the most part, they should be avoided. Why is this? This post will identify the dangers that can be realized if a parent does not use critical thinking before posting on social media.
The judge on the case will not be impressed – Judges expect parents to set a good example for their children and act civilly between themselves. Online rants and veiled threats through social media do not fit this example. As such a parent will not endear themselves to the court by disrespecting the other parent over social media.
What you say may come back to haunt you – Like the old criminal adage “anything you say will be used against you” It is not uncommon for social media posts to be discovered and used in family court litigation.
You may be hurting your kids – Regardless of how you feel about your soon-to-be ex, your kids still love their parents. So when you launch barbs against him or her, the pain is likely to be felt by your kids.