Friday, July 09, 2010

Facebook fantasy?

You just can't keep Facebook out of the family law media these days. Following on from my last post, Nancy Van Tine at the Massachusetts Divorce Law Monitor has blogged about an example of Facebook in action in a child support case she witnessed yesterday.

Two litigants in person were arguing over whether the father should continue to pay support for his 18-year-old daughter. The mother claimed that the daughter was living at home and working on her degree. The father, however, had done his internet homework. Checking (presumably) his daughter's Facebook page and elsewhere he had discovered that she was telling the world that she was working as a "model and an exotic dancer", earning $40,000 a year.

Nancy says that she wasn't sure whether the daughter was just fantasising (she wasn't in court), "but the shock-effect of the internet story can not be ignored". Nancy didn't hear the judge's decision, but she is "pretty sure the child support is over".

The moral, as always, is: be careful what you say on the internet.

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