Indianapolis Indiana Family Law Blog

Be mindful of what you say on social media during your divorce

Social media has become an essential aspect of daily life for many people in Indiana. It is a platform that encourages the sharing of news, feelings and opinions, activities and business. It is also a place where separating couples air their dirty laundry, search for evidence to use against their spouses in divorce court and post things to upset their ex-partners. Before you get to spying or posting information to knock your ex-spouse off her or his square, you may want to consider why it is prudent to watch what you do and say on social media during a divorce. 

If you are not careful, your social media activity can damage your credibility and derail your divorce and child custody case. Your online activities can become admissible as evidence in the courtroom, even if what you post is not true. Though you have the right to use your social media profiles in any way you see fit as long as you remain in compliance with the site’s terms, when it comes to divorce, the judge may rule otherwise. 

Understanding legal separation versus divorce

When two parties decide to become one through marriage, most do not do so with the expectation of not staying together for the rest of their lives. However, in some instances, spouses may feel that the union should end.

For those who are not completely sure, or those who have unique situations and obligations, a legal separation may be a better option than divorce. To determine if this is the case, it is important to understand the difference between the two.

Should infants stay overnight with each parent?

As you head toward the negotiation table to discuss matters of your divorce with your spouse, you may be particularly anxious when it comes to the conversation regarding the infant child the two of you share.

You want what is best for your child, but you have developed a strong attachment with your baby. Is it really best for him or her to be away from you overnight? 

Know your rights as a father in divorce

When it comes to divorce with children, a lot of attention is given to mothers and their rights regarding child custody. This often leaves fathers feeling left out and excluded from the process of determining equitable visitation and time with their children.

Fathers do have rights when it comes to parenting, child custody, and visitation arrangements in a divorce. As a father, you should feel comfortable exercising these rights to ensure that you can maintain a healthy and solid relationship with your children both during and after the divorce process.

Considerations for legal separation

Though couples may go through hard times, for some divorce is not the answer. In such cases, legal separation may be a viable option

For those contemplating this type of separation, it is important to understand all that it entails. Here are a few key things to consider about a legal separation.

Children need help to weather the effects of your divorce

The breakup of a family is difficult for everyone, especially the children. Each child may react to your divorce differently, depending on age and emotional makeup, and you must be prepared for everything from tears and anxiety to anger and withdrawal.

No matter how deeply you and the other parent are affected by the divorce, the children need your help, and their welfare must be your top priority.

Don't Give Up On Fatherhood

Once upon a time, you could count on the courts granting mothers preferential treatment in custody battles. But this is no longer the case. Increasingly, in Indiana and elsewhere, fathers have more influence and more say in the upbringing of their children. They certainly have rights in the divorce process that should not be overlooked. This is a change that in part reflects fathers' changing role in America in general.

Dads are more involved

How does college affect child support payments?

After a divorce, the non-custodial parent must pay the custodial parent child care payments for a set amount of time. Under Indiana law, the non-custodial parent must continue payments until the child is nineteen years old, is no longer under parental care, joins the military, gets married or dies.

You may be wondering about college. Your child can probably not afford college expenses on their own, and there is a good chance that the custodial parent may not be able to afford college payments on their own either. How will your child pay for their last few years of school if they stop receiving payments at the age of nineteen?


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