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Be Careful on Social Media

Yes, Social Media Can Be Used Against You.

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Pictures to Never Post on Facebook – Children

Kids, Drugs, and Sex on Social Media: A Goldmine to Your Ex’s Attorney

Any family law case has a tendency to create a soap opera like atmosphere, but instead of the dead fiance coming back from the dead with the dirty secret, anyone can easily uncover dirty secrets you post on social media.  One of the most damaging forms of information found on social media are posted pictures and videos of kids, drugs, or sexual images.  Many cases which on their face seem stacked in one party’s favor have been won by a clever attorney who did a simple social media search on the other party.  There are many forms of information which may be found and used, but pictures and video can be the most harmful.

When posting on social media, whether it be Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc., if the answer to any of these questions is YES, do NOT post the picture or video.

1. Would you want to hide it from the judge?

2. Would you have to explain anything to the judge so it doesn’t make you look bad?

3. If your ex posted it, would you be able to make him/her look bad with it?

Pictures and Videos of Children

Posting pictures and videos of your children may be something you give little thought, and most pictures and videos posted of children are harmless.  However, when you are in the midst of a custody battle, visitation dispute, or a divorce or dissolution involving children, pictures can speak more than words, and can be used to paint you in an unfavorable light.

Pictures to NEVER Post on Facebook

A Goldmine to Your Ex’s Attorney: Sexual Pictures on Social Media

Again the three questions to ask yourself in deciding whether to post a picture of your child also apply in determining whether you should post a picture of yourself.

1. Would you want to hide it from the judge?
2. Would you have to explain anything to the judge so it doesn’t make you look bad?
3. If your ex posted it, would you be able to make him/her look bad with it?

Another way to think about it is this:  If you would not want any of the following to see it, DO NOT POST IT!

  • parents
  • grandparents
  • priest or pastor
  • child’s teacher
  • employer

“Sexy selfies” or photos of yourself which may be viewed unfavorably by the court.

Below is a sample list of photos you should never post of yourself, and should remove if already posted, especially if you are involved in some type of family law dispute.

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