Facebook could land man in jail for child support

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Child Support on Friday, March 29, 2013.

Social media has permeated virtually every aspect of many people’s lives. The ability to share one’s thoughts and images in an instant is simply irresistible to some in Texas, even when they’re serious ramification for doing so. One recent case illustrates the dangers of posting photos online, and the valuable tool that Facebook can serve for parents who are not receiving the proper child support payments from their former partners.

The case centers on a father of a two-year-old child. The man has never made a single payment toward that child’s upkeep. He recently posted photos of himself holding handfuls of cash and mixed drinks. As a result, the local police have focused on those photos as a means of investigating the man’s income and failure to pay child support.

The authorities in this case approached a judge and were granted the ability to have full access to the man’s Facebook account. They can use that access to try and learn more about his lifestyle, earnings levels and spending habits. This evidence can then be used in a criminal prosecution against him for failure to pay child support.

When a parent is struggling to raise a child without the financial support of the other parent, there are a number of avenues of legal recourse available. In cases in which there are images on Facebook or other social media sites that suggest that the other parent is able to pay, Texas authorities may be able to use that information to pursue payment through a court proceeding. These types of tools may also be beneficial in cases in which a parent wishes to approach a court to ask that the existing child support order be increased.

Source: CBS 58 News, “Father flaunts cash on Facebook, Busted for child support,” Elizabeth Fay, March 18, 2013

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