More and more, parents are separating and raising their children apart from each other. In situations like these, it's very common for family law courts to order one parent to pay the other a set amount monthly to help with the costs of raising a child. Unfortunately, failure to pay child support is an ongoing problem in Denver and other cities throughout the U.S. In an effort to crack down on parents who do not pay their required child support payments, some district attorney offices across the country have begun using social media sites, such as Facebook, to build cases for prosecution.
Recently a man was brought up on multiple felony charges for failing to pay child support to the mother of his two-year-old child. Allegedly the 23-year-old has not made a single payment to help with the everyday expenses and other costs associated with raising a child.
Through a court order granting them access to his entire account, the district attorney's office in this case used photos of the man from his Facebook page as evidence against him. The pictures showed the father with liquor and holding a large amount of cash. It was not reported whether the man just refused to pay or if he claimed his income did not allow him to make the payments.
Social media sites are becoming a popular tool for investigators who are building child support cases. They have given officials insight into the personal lives of people who are named in child support dispute cases and can help them to determine whether or not a person is being fully honest about their income and ability to make their payments. As these sites continue to gain prevalence and popularity, other agencies may increasingly utilize them to help build these, as well as other types of cases.
Source: CBS 58 Milwaukee, "Father flaunts cash on Facebook, busted for child support", Elizabeth Fay, March 18, 2013