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Keeping up with your ex-spouse on social medial is probably something you automatically do if your kids spend time at their home. You might even follow their new spouse's page as well. Even if you have a decent relationship with them, it can be a little infuriating if the new spouse posts pictures of your child and makes comments indicating that the child is theirs. This guide explains what you can do if you want to stop the new spouse from posting photos of your child on social media.
Talk to Them
If you have an amicable relationship with your ex and the new spouse, you can sit down with them and calmly discuss your feelings about the situation. Sometimes through a calm discussion, the new spouse can pick up on these emotions and comply with your wishes and stop posting.
Learn to Live With It
If there is push back from your ex and the new spouse, you may need to live with it and maybe not look at that page. If there is nothing in your custody agreement preventing the new spouse from posting photos of your child, and you can't come to terms with it, then going to court is your next option.
Petition for Custody Modification
Contact your attorney and begin the custody modification procedures. You won't be changing physical custody or the visitation arrangements, but you can petition the judge to add a stipulation that the new spouse's behavior of posting photos of your child on the Internet cease.
Many times, when faced with more legal fees and the stress of going to court, ex-spouses and their new partners comply with these types of wishes once they're served the summons to appear in court, or the notice that a change in the custody agreement has been filed.
Your ex-spouse likely has a lot of photos that you took of your child. If the new spouse is posting these photos, or any other photos that you took, you can file a copyright infringement lawsuit.
Another way that the new spouse may be committing a copyright infringement is if they copy a photo from your social media page and post it on their page as their own. However, you could run into a gray area if they simply share a photo from your page. In this situation, you automatically get credit for the photo. This is another situation where your ex and their new spouse may back down if they don't want to go through the litigation process.
Do what you can to get along with your ex and their new spouse for the sake of your children. Call an experienced attorney, such as Nichols, Speidel, & Nichols, if you feel that you need to modify the custody agreement to prevent the new spouse from posting photos of your child. Share this with them so they will know what the legalities are if they refuse to stop.