Social Media Exposes Parents Able to Pay Child Support

Florida courts use state law to estimate how much child support parents should pay, but occasionally parents claim that they cannot afford to contribute financially to their children's well-being. In the past, proving parents' dishonesty about their ability to pay child support was sometimes difficult. Facebook and other social media sites are now helping to expose the people who are trying to get out of paying, a fact that might interest parents in Orange who suspect their exes of similar dishonesty.

A mother of a young boy with leukemia had only received a total of $189 from the child's father in support despite his expensive medical needs. According to the woman, the boy was required to stay in the hospital multiple times and needed chemotherapy among other medications and tests. Despite no further assistance from the father, he was allegedly posting on Facebook about how much money he made from work. Because of his posts, the man is reportedly facing felony charges for failing to support his son.

A district attorney's office in Wisconsin admits to investigating parents who are not paying child support by checking their social media pages. Social media has proven an effective tool for catching parents; in another case, a father supposedly purchased a music studio instead of paying child support. Another parent was seen holding large amounts of cash in his Facebook photos after having missed all but one child support payment to the mother.

A family law court will look at parents' income, number of children and other factors such as medical needs when called upon to set amounts for child support payments. An attorney may be able to assist a custodial parent to ensure that a child's needs are met.

Source: Opposing Views, "Fathers Face Charges For Avoiding Child Support, Bragging About Money On Facebook ", Sarah Fruchtnicht, July 17, 2014

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