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Could your social media use tank your custody case?

Regardless of how you personally feel about sites like Facebook and Twitter, social media sites are here to stay. But for those locked in contentious divorces and custody battles, social media can become a minefield.

Divorcing spouses and parents need to realize that their social media presences can definitely be used against them in court. Below are some tips to keep in mind.

It's not just Facebook posts

What does your electronic footprint say about you? Should you be worried? Understand that texts and emails are fair game and can be subpoenaed. Simply deleting them doesn't make them go away. Bragging about that new raise you hadn't disclosed? Busted!

Speaking of Facebook . . .

If you're minimizing assets and crying poor-mouth to the judge, yet your Facebook page is clogged with posts showing you out shopping or living the high life, it's a huge problem. Simply blocking your ex is not sufficient. Some devious exes will assume personas and get you to accept their friend requests just to have access to your posts.

Don't overinflate your LinkedIn profile

Who hasn't fudged a bit on LinkedIn to land that account or seek a promotion? But now is not the time to make things appear rosier than they really are. It could wind up costing you dearly.

Gaming sites

Think nobody knows about your Candy Crush Saga addiction? Think again. If you're smashing candies while you're supposed to be supervising the kids, the judge could assume you lack the skills to be an effective parent.

Bottom line? Now is not the time to increase your social media presence. If you can't cut the digital cord completely, reduce your online postings to the innocuous and the mundane.

Source: The Huffington Post, "A Look at How Social Media is Impacting Divorce Cases," William Morrow, accessed May 04, 2018

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