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Using Facebook in Child Custody and Support Cases

Thursday, 17 June 2010

blog-logoHave you checked your Facebook status lately?

The growing popularity of social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and MySpace has already had an impact on divorce cases in Colorado and around the country.  And as any Colorado Springs divorce attorney will tell you; it is not uncommon for evidence found on these sites to be used in family court.  Social media evidence has been presented frequently in child support and child custody cases.  That’s because people share information about themselves on social media sites that may reveal their lifestyle, occupation and whereabouts. 

Easy access to these sites can expose a person’s drug abuse, extramarital affairs, employment history and contact information to a larger audience than they expect.  It is surprising how much information people are willing to share with the universe; and yet these same people are shocked when other people learn the details of their lives. 

In a Colorado custody case, evidence found on social media sites, including drug abuse, posts about drunk driving and poor parental judgment can be shown in court.  Even if this information is taken off of a web page, it is already too late to prevent its use in court.

In child support and spousal maintenance disputes, evidence from Facebook can be used in many damaging ways.  Pictures of expensive vacations and other major purchases may be used to show disposable income and the ability to pay spousal and child support.  Status updates and other posts may indicate that a parent who is unemployed isn’t actively looking for work. 

With easy access to this information, attorneys can put a case together very quickly that will leave no doubt in the mind of a judge.  If you want to use this type of evidence in a divorce dispute, then consider working with a local Colorado Springs divorce lawyer.  An experienced attorney will know the rules of evidence and how to present it in court.

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