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Why co-parents should be cautious on social media

On Behalf of | Sep 26, 2023 | Child Custody

If you’re co-parenting your child with your ex, it is important to see eye-to-eye about your child’s social media use so that their boundaries and expectations are uniform across both households. However, it is also important that you set boundaries and expectations for yourself regarding how you utilize social media during your co-parenting years. 

Yes, you technically have the freedom to say whatever you want when you pop on social media. However, being too vocal about your co-parent, your co-parenting arrangements, your child’s response to your family situation, etc. could come back to haunt you.

Don’t (unintentionally) harm your child or compromise your rights

The reality is that when you write or otherwise post something online, there is no guarantee that it will ever truly “disappear.” Even content that has been deleted may come back in the form of a screenshot or as a search of someone’s account activity subject to a subpoena. Therefore, you’ll want to be careful about any comments, etc. that you make that relate to your family’s situation. 

If you aren’t careful, you could unintentionally hurt your child when they’re older and have learned what you’ve said. You could also hurt and/or anger your co-parent, their family, their friends, their significant other, etc., which could come back to bite you if you end up in court over a disagreement concerning your parenting plan or some other matter related to your situation. It could also simply make your co-parenting relationship tenser than it would otherwise be. 

When it comes to social media, be safe, not sorry. Be cautious and thoughtful when posting about your co-parenting circumstances, perhaps especially in times of stress.