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Lawyer Warns Against Using Social Media During Relationship Breakdowns

Facebook on social mediaGold Coast family lawyer Michael Kilmartin has a simple message for those using social media to vent during a relationship breakup- don’t do it, especially if you are contesting custody of children.

Posting emotional and hostile remarks about ex-partners on social media could rebound badly on you in the Family Court, he said.

Mr Kilmartin, a family lawyer with Gold Coast firm Adams Wilson Lawyers, said relationship breakdowns were increasingly also playing out on social media where former partners made claims about their ex partners hoping to influence Family Court decisions especially on child custody issues.

“Don’t do it. The Judge will always be looking for the attitude the parents have toward parenting and attacking your ex ln social media could just tell the judge you may not be a fit parent, and your priorities are to yourself rather than focussed on the child’s needs,” he said.

Mr Kilmartin said the courts were mindful of how social media can be used as a weapon in divorce and parenting hearings especially if ex partners seemed to put their differences ahead of the needs of their children.

“Don’t use social media for any kind of bad-mouthing campaign and don’t encourage your friends to do it in support of you because what you post is pretty much publicly available, despite your security settings. If someone else can read it then it’s vulnerable to being copied and shared,”.

He recalled a case where a client set up a Facebook account as an open site to pitch their case for more access to their child.

“The court takes a dim view of this sort of strategy,” Mr Kilmartin said.

He felt that if someone posted on social media with claims and accusations, the Court may feel it undermines their integrity.

“A single lie to your social media audience could undermine everything you argue before the Court,” he added....

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