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Family law: Avoiding parental mistakes during a divorce

Parents want what's best for their children, but when facing divorce, some people act on emotion rather than pausing to reflect on how what they're doing might affect their kids. British Columbia has family law rules in place that protect children and that protection is even more crucial in this technological age. There are some things parents need to know to sidestep making mistakes that could affect their children as they go through the divorce process.

One of the main mistakes divorcing couples make is utilizing social media to post about their personal lives, which might adversely affect their children. This can be especially true for a parent who is seeking custody of the children. Social media can either hinder or help in a divorce situation. Airing dirty laundry on social media pages can be unhealthy and might be used as evidence in court, not to mention children may have access to what is posted online.

Those who are divorcing should be prudent when using any form of technology to communicate, and that includes the use of email and cellphones. Anything that has been written could potentially be used in court, so that should be noted before sending texts or emails. Parents need to make divorce less traumatic for children and being negative toward a spouse is not conducive to setting a positive example.

A British Columbia lawyer experienced in family law may be able to help a client to do what is wisest during a divorce. Part of that entails doing what is best for children. Even when it is difficult, showing respect during the divorce process might be the wisest piece of advice.

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