The Issue with Smartphones in Conjunction with Custody Battles

Surovell Isaacs & Levy, PLC discusses why smartphones can be a problem in child custody battles.

We use our smartphones so much that it is a rarity to not have them in our hands. We use them for everything from making calls and sending texts, to reading mail and paying bills. There are numerous advantages that smartphones provide for us. We are now able to communicate with others halfway around the world and can keep track of where your children are at all times. 

However, the benefits also come with some potential issues. Couples going through contested and contentious divorces often use these smartphone capabilities. It is when they are used in an exploitative manner that they become detrimental. 

Using Smartphones to Undermine the Other Parent

In most situations, a judge allows the parent who has physical custody of that child (when he or she has physical custody) to use their cell phone to monitor their child’s activity. But the issue arises when a parent uses the same capabilities to conduct surveillance on the other parent to establish evidence to use against them or to create a situation in which to intentionally interfere with their parenting. 

Smart Ways to Work Through Child Custody Cell Phone Issues

No matter the cause, the child is always the one caught in the middle of the bad blood. Luckily, certain things can be done to help work through the issues often associated with cell phones throughout custody battles. These include:

  1. Communicating with one another before even purchasing the phone for your child and creating a written document that sets up rules and boundaries that both parents can sign off on. 
  2. Utilizing the parental controls to be certain as to what your child is looking at on his or her phone. However, it is extremely important to let the other parent know what you plan to do. 
  3. Only purchasing the cell phone as a means of keeping communication open for both parents with their child – no matter which parent may have physical custody at any given time. Cell phones should not be used for micro-managing your child when they are in the custody of the other parent.
  4. Always maintaining open and honest communication.

Surovell Isaacs & Levy PLC Can Help Those Dealing with Child Custody Issues in VA

If you are currently dealing with child custody issues it can be an extremely sensitive and emotional time. It is important not to let your emotions get the best of you. Your child should always be a priority. However, it is important to remember that as a parent, you are entitled to certain rights. Whether it be issues with cell phones or something else, consulting with a knowledgeable and experienced family law attorney can make all the difference. 

At Surovell Isaacs & Levy PLC, we understand and have empathy for those dealing with child custody proceedings. We work with our clients to ensure that they get what they deserve. To learn more or to schedule a consultation, visit us online or call us at 703-570-6392 today!

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