Benson, NC asked in Child Custody and Family Law for North Carolina

Q: Hi. When joint legal custody is in place, does giving child’s social media passwords need to be given to other parent?

I have primary physical. But a while back my child’s father said he didn’t have any passwords or anything to daughters social media accounts. At first I was like why would I give him the passwords when we usually use the same ones for my accounts? But now he’s filed a modifying the order in court and put some accusations in them about me. Should I give him our daughters passwords to the accounts she created here? She’s 12 almost 13.

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Amanda Bowden Johnson
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  • Jacksonville, NC
  • Licensed in North Carolina

A: Yes, if he requested them, you likely should have given them to him unless you have some compelling and legitimate reason not to and no your daughter's privacy or the fact that you share the same passwords is not a good reason. Which means you and your daughter should not share the same passwords. At this point, since he has filed to modify and the issue is contested - you may as well just hold out and see what the Court says about it. Likely the worst case scenario for you is you will be forced to make with the account info and passwords and maybe get popped for his attorney fees for refusing to give over the information when requested to do so. Of course, I'm not sure why he even bothered to ask you when he could simply directly make his daughter give them to him. Best of luck.

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