August 09, 2023
Over the last ten years, social media has become a staple in the lives of most Americans. The ability to instantly connect with friends, family, and even complete strangers, has caused apps like Facebook and Instagram to explode in popularity. But there is a dark side to social media. If you are going through a divorce or engaged in a custody battle, then you’re probably already aware of the pitfalls of social media. Specifically, you may have seen your ex posting pictures of your child online. Your child’s privacy is important to you, and you may be wondering what your options are to stop this behavior. Here’s more on social media and what you can do to protect your child when your ex is posting pictures of them online.
Because social media can be seen by whoever is on the internet, your ex posting pictures of your child presents a unique problem. From the outside, it may seem like a harmless way to show off your pride and joy. But posting on social media is different from putting up a picture in your home or office. There, the only people who will view it are those who you invite into your home. Presumably these will be people you know and trust. Unfortunately, the internet is a vast sea of unknown and potentially problematic characters. Because of this, it is not unreasonable to want to limit who can view photos of your child. And depending on your custody rights, you may have a say in how your child is presented to the world.
Your options on stopping your ex from posting photos of your child will depend on your custody situation. If you have a custody order in place, then you must look it over to determine if there is anything in the order that covers this behavior. If you have been awarded sole legal custody, then you may be able to get your ex to stop by going to court and asking a judge to order that any posting of photos must be done by you or with your approval.
If you do not have a custody order in place, then your options are more limited. You can simply ask your ex to stop, but they may have no legal duty to do so. Even if your ex agrees to stop, it may be wise to file for custody and include language in your custody order that prohibits anyone from posting photos of your child without your express permission. You may also want to file for custody in the event your ex does not agree, whereby you can then ask the judge to make a ruling on your request.
Recently social media companies have made an effort to beef up their security and privacy settings. What this means is that it is now possible to limit who can view your social media account and the photos associated with it. Your ex may not be aware of these developments and having a civilized, adult conversation about this may resolve the issue. It is always recommended to first try the path of less resistance before you engage in a lengthy and protracted courtroom battle.
To learn more about what your spouse can and cannot do with respect to social media, you should talk with a family law attorney. Inner Vision Legal is a premier family law firm who has helped countless clients in divorce, child custody, child support and other matters. Backed by more than 17 years of experience, Inner Vision Legal is one of the best divorce law firms in Oklahoma. The firm strives to earn the best results for clients and to provide excellent services at a reasonable cost. Get in touch with the knowledgeable attorneys at Inner Vision Legal by calling (405) 724-2525 or by contacting us online today.