Social media as an asset to negotiate in divorce settlements

People are always warning that online usage may come back to bite those who use it improperly down the road. Whether it is for job interviews, political runs, or identity safety purposes, society is often warned about what it should or should not post on social media sites.

Add divorce and child custody proceedings to that list now as social media is more frequently becoming a player in all aspects of family law these days. Some couples are even including how social media may be used with regards to the children as part of their custody agreements. The goal of including these parameters is to “establish some ground rules about [the] children’s digital exposure.”

For some, this limitation of the children’s ‘digital exposure’ stems from security concerns. Others see it as inappropriate to have their children’s pictures on their ex’s dating site in order to soften up their image. Whatever the reason, it is not a bad idea to set parameters as to what the extent of exposure for the children will be on each party’s page. Otherwise, it may turn out to be a constant source of contention that will end up affecting all involved, including how the children perceive the respective parents.

Social media may also end up being a source of information for each party to use in court as to the fitness of the other for parenting and custodial purposes. Inappropriate comments, pictures, and general content of one’s page may have legal consequences as the court weighs custody and visitation rights.

If you need assistance with dealing with divorce or child custody matters here in Maryland, please consult with a Maryland licensed family law attorney. They will be able to best help you assess your legal rights and options given your particular circumstances.

Source:, “Who gets custody of the Facebook profile info after a divorce?,” Aisha Sultan, Dec. 31, 2012

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