What NOT to Do Online When You’re Going Through a Custody Dispute

Posted by Jonathan Jerkins | Mar 30, 2022 | 0 Comments

Divorce is hard, particularly when you have children. Going through a custody dispute can be one of the most stressful things you and your children will experience. We all know that we need to watch what we say and do to our ex and children during this process. A few thoughtless words to a child or a co-parent can harm your relationship with your children and end up in front of a judge. But it's also important to be aware of your behavior online. In this article, we'll touch on some of the things you should avoid online while you're going through a custody dispute.

  1. Alienation of Affection

During a custody case, the judge will want to ensure that both parents will facilitate their child's relationship with the other parent. If you post things on social media or text your ex about how you plan to keep them from the children, that will raise a red flag with the family court. 

  1. Threats, Stalking, or Abuse

It's far too easy to get into arguments via email, text, or messenger. Keep in mind that making threats, using abusive language, or stalking your ex online will undoubtedly end up before a judge. Don't write anything online or in a message that you wouldn't say directly to a judge.

  1. Criticizing Your Ex

Criticizing your ex via social media, text, or email can show up as evidence in a custody dispute. A judge won't want to give custody, whether full or joint, to a parent who heaps abuse and criticism on their ex-partner. If you have some frustrations to air, don't leave it on social media for everyone to see. 

  1. Documenting Risky or Illegal Behavior

Posting photo or video evidence of your own risk or illegal behavior is probably the best thing you can do to torpedo your custody case. If you go out barhopping with friends, take drugs, or decide to engage in some light criminal activity, don't post it on TikTok, Snapchat, Facebook, or Instagram. Going viral isn't worth losing custody of your children.

You Need Experienced Family Lawyers

When you're facing a divorce or custody dispute in North Carolina, you need experienced legal guidance. We are skilled family law attorneys, and we can help. Call us at 919-719-2785 or contact us online

About the Author

Jonathan Jerkins

Jonathan "Jay" Jerkins, a native of Raleigh, North Carolina, intentionally focuses his practice on all aspects of North Carolina family law litigation and negotiations. Jay was admitted to the practice of law in North Carolina in 2014.


There are no comments for this post. Be the first and Add your Comment below.

Leave a Comment

contact Us

Here at Jerkins Family Law, we are focused and deliberate in fighting for a better solution for you. Do you need a skilled and passionate attorney to protect what matters to you the most? Then Jerkins Family law is ready to navigate you to a perfect solution to serve your legal needs.