Facebook photos can wind up in family law cases

Time and time again we hear of stories in the news when what a person posts on Facebook comes back to bite them from a legal standpoint. Quite often people tend to incorrectly assume that their Facebook page is their little part of the Internet. However, the truth is that information can be taken off of a person’s Facebook page and used against them as evidence in court.

One father is currently trying to defend himself against the allegations that he has the money to pay child support. According to the father, he is unemployed and unable to make child support payments for his 6-year-old daughter. He is thousands of dollars behind in payments.

Prosecutors in this felony child support case are using photographs from Facebook to try and prove he does have the money, he’s just not paying.

In one of the photos the man is holding up money making a comment about how much cash he has. However, the father is saying the money is not his and he is just posing with it.

In another picture, a painting of the father can be seen in front of Buckingham Palace. However, in terms of this, the father claims the picture was created using an app where his face was just put into the painting and he wasn’t really actually there.

But, the mother of the 6-year-old is just not buying his story. She claims he does have money and that this whole thing is just a game to him.

For at least the time being, owing thousands in child support, the courts are reportedly not allowing the father to see his daughter. There is no word on when he will be allowed to spend time with her again.

For now, the father said he is looking for employment and may be able to work with his cousin, who is an independent contractor.

Source: WISN, “Facebook page at center of child-support case,” Dec. 10, 2012

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