Social media can damage family law matters

Facebook and other social media sites are part of normal life for most people in Alberta and across the world. Many use their social media to learn of news events, find tips for health and homemaking, and lighten their day with amusing videos. Mostly, however, social media is a forum for free expression of one’s opinions and sharing life events with friends and family. While this may seem innocent enough, social media posts can derail cases involving family law matters.

Family law contracts are not something to take lightly

One of the first things the media wants to know after hearing of the engagement or marriage of a celebrity is whether the celebrity signed a prenuptial agreement. Too often, the rich and famous have lost millions in contentious divorces and may have been spared the loss with the safeguard of a prenup. However, prenuptial agreements are not exclusive to the likes of Justin Bieber, and couples in Alberta who marry without the benefit of such an agreement can still take steps to protect themselves under the Family Law Act.

Alienation claims complicate family law decisions

Alberta courts have a difficult task when a parent claims domestic abuse. When children are involved, the courts must consider their best interests, even if it means denying the other parent access to the kids. However, parents accused of abuse have one trump card that can send courts of family law into confusion and bring about dangerous custody decisions.

What Does “Best Interests Of The Child” Mean?

When families separate, there are many different decisions that need to be made regarding children. These decisions may include what city they will live in, which parent they will live with, or what activities they can participate in, amongst others. Parents may have different opinions on how to answer these questions, which can lead to disagreements when negotiating custody, access and parenting time with children.