BLAC CHYNA'S CHILD SUPPORT HIGHLIGHTS SOCIAL MEDIA RISKS

On behalf of Joel Anders of Joel W. Anders, P.C. posted in blog on Wednesday, October 4, 2017.

Divorce isn't easy in the best of situations. When you're in the public eye, however, there's a lot of temptation to take your private drama and make it public. Since the advent of social media, doing so has become even easier. Celebrities no longer need a journalist to filter their stories. They can make them available to fans directly. Sometimes, this helps their cases. Other times, it hurts them. Social media, as well as overall familial wealth, likely played a big part in the child support decision between Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna.

Although this couple never married, their on-again, off-again relationship has been a favorite of the tabloid media since it began. Social media has helped fuel that fire, with both parents criticizing one another on various online platforms. Those posts unquestionably had an impact on the child support agreement the two recently reached, which involves Rob Kardashian paying Blac Chyna $20,000 each month in child support. That amount reflects a certain standard of living, but also some recent social media mistakes by Rob.

Social media meltdown costs the dad in this case

There's no question that there have been poor decisions made by both parties during this relationship and its dissolution. Among other issues, the choice by the father in this case to publicly share revenge porn images of the mother of his child may have had a profound impact on the child support level issued by the courts. Because he lives in California, those social media posts could constitute a serious crime. Instead of pressing charges, however, the victim in this case pressed for better support.

Blac Chyna claims the leaked photos and long, typed screeds hurt her career, costing her lucrative endorsements. Some of the posts talked about her having weight loss surgery, which could have affected her career. Others simply accused her of neglect and substance abuse in long rants.

The importance of restraint on social media in divorce

You may think that because you don't have thousands of followers, your social media accounts won't impact your divorce or child support proceedings. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Anything you share could wind up serving as evidence to your character or treatment of the other party in court. Even if you've blocked your spouse or the other parent of your child on social media, that won't be enough.

Anyone on your friend's list can screenshot your posts (as well as anything you send as a private message) and share it with your ex or anyone else for that matter. You may just want a space to vent, but you may actually be causing yourself more trouble in the long run. Save your venting for an in-person conversation with someone you trust and keep your divorce or child support situation off of social media.

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