Social Media Gets Deadbeat Parents In Trouble

California parents may well be aware of some of the difficulties of divorce and child support in the age of social media. A recent trend, as Facebook and sites like it permeate every aspect of our lives, involves prosecutors and other law enforcement officials checking for evidence of malfeasance on the public profiles of people suspected of crimes and other wrongdoing.

This is especially common in cases of nonpayment of child support. Prosecutors have stated their belief that social media is a reasonably accurate way to gauge how much money an individual has. If they are bragging about how much they earn or posting pictures of themselves holding large amounts of money, but they are pleading poverty to the court and refusing to make child support payments for their children, then the authorities may choose to press charges for nonpayment of court-ordered support.

They often have the assistance and approval of some of the civilian parties affected in these case. Anecdotal evidence indicates that there are a large number of people out there who refuse to take financial responsibility for their children without legal intervention requiring them to do so.

Public displays of photographs and written statements may be considered evidence in a trial. There is no expectation of privacy for open posts on social media, so anything put on Twitter, Facebook or the like may be considered by in court. If one parent is not paying their fair share of support for the child, but they are making statements online about how much money they are making and spending, then it may be a good idea to consult with an attorney about referring them to the authorities for prosecution for nonpayment and failure to fulfill their parental responsibilities.