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Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Myspace…

Facebook Woes… Just about everybody has, or knows someone who has, a Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Myspace account.  The social networking today provides convenient access to friends and family, easy communication and quick ways to share your life stories to groups of people, all at once.  My first suggestions, if you are going through a divorce, separation, or child custody battle – terminate your account, suspend it, trash it, delete it, sterilize it, erase it, and make it non-existent. For those of you who ignore good advice, and choose to maintain your Twitter or Myspace account, I suggest the following:  set all of your settings to private and limit your activity.  As a family law attorney and licensed private investigator, one of the first things I do, during a child custody case, is look for the other parent’s Facebook page.  People post the worst things, for the entire world to see, on these social network sites, without any boundaries or security features. Delete all of your “crazy weekend getaway” photographs, and double check all of your comments and captions.  Additionally, check for photographs where friends have tagged you; those are posted without your input and can show up at the worst times.  Browse your friends’ pages and see what photographs they have posted of you, and what comments they have made.  Just because you deleted all of the photographs from Las Vegas, does not mean your buddy’s page is free from incriminating evidence. Facebook is not the place to brag about your latest purchase, describe your lavish vacation, or how you are winning the “competition” with the other parent. ...

Post Divorce Holidays – First Time?

Holidays and Child Custody Schedules It’s that time of year again, Halloween is right around the corner and Christmas decorations are already in the stores.  As divorced parents we cringe to think about splitting holidays, or splitting time on holidays, or not seeing our children at all during this holiday because we had them last year.  To sum it up, the holidays can suck if you’re divorced and your parenting plan dictates what your children will do. During most child custody hearings the child visitation plan sets out a holiday schedule.  We parents drag our children between houses, and then switch half way through the day without any thought about what our children are doing at the time.  Holidays are supposed to be fun and a time we create new memories with our children.  As divorced parents, it is important to make new memories with our children and many of them will begin now, during the holiday season.  What type of memory will create for yours? Our children are powerless, when it comes to the child visitation order or parenting plan.  Our children simply go where they are told, when they are told and we expect them to smile and like it.  They are allowed “x” amount of hours at one house on Christmas morning, only to rush away for “x” amount of hours at the other house; sounds like a great holiday, I am sure they are looking forward to it.  Having two holidays, two birthdays, two families to spend time with, might be the only “pro” to all of the “cons” they experience in the mess you...