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Use caution when joking about the 'Benjamins' in support disputes

Social media is a great way for friends and family to stay in touch, to plan events or even get a message to them when schedules are busy. It connects millions of people with only the click of a mouse. Uplifting messages can be shared in an instant and charitable movements can explode overnight by simply typing a hashtag.

While social media is a great tool, it carries with it some danger and some risk in certain situations. We all know this. When it comes to family law issues, what is posted on the site can cause some unintended results or seem more incriminating than they might be.

Take for example a recent situation involving unpaid child support. In this instance, a father was far behind in making payments that he was charged with felony. Amidst the dispute, the mother noticed a photograph on Facebook in which the father was holding a large sum of money and standing around bold type declaring "Betcha baby daddy ain't jackin like this."

It is no doubt that the photograph is incriminating, but what will the outcome of the case be? The man brings up the argument that holding the money doesn't prove it's his or that he has the ability to pay. The wife, on the other hand has a good argument that the picture shows he has access to money. The moral of the story may be that the entire situation could have been avoided with a little selective screening while using social media.

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

Our Houston child support page provides information about the process as well as access to those who can help at any stage.

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