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Consider children's social media presence during divorce

The role of social media and technology in divorce has been the subject of much discourse. Whether it's a Facebook message that confirms one spouse had an affair or a tagged photo showing irresponsible behavior that affects child custody decisions, social media data is affecting all aspects of divorce. One newer development is how parents may use their children's images or information online.

For example, one couple in another state had a disagreement over the use of their children's photos. The children's father had created a profile on an online dating website and posted photos of himself that also included the children. Their mother was upset and confronted him, saying it was inappropriate. However, she had little recourse with no existing agreement.

To prevent such disagreements, couples can consider how they will or will not give their children an online presence during the divorce process, perhaps as part of a child custody agreement. This allows parents to decide what is best for their children rather than leaving it up to a court.

One benefit of advancing technology is it gives parents more control over this material. It may help to reach a compromise, such as agreeing that each parent will use filters that share photos of their children with close family and friends. This protects the interests of the children and still allows parents to share photos with grandma and grandpa.

If you are going through a divorce or are engaged in a dispute over child custody, visitation or support, it is important to work with a family law attorney with experience in similar matters. They can help you review your family's unique situation and ensure that your interests are protected, working toward the best, fairest possible outcome for you and your loved ones.

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, "Who gets custody of the Facebook profile info after a divorce?" Dec. 31, 2012

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