People use social media Web sites for many different reasons, and some will use them to post their thoughts as they come to them. Many people are also under the impression that what they post on these Web sites is relatively private, as only connections should be able to see what they write. However, one man in Ohio recently found out that what you post on a private Facebook profile can come back to haunt you when it comes to issues including child custody and divorce.
The case involved a man who was going through an acrimonious divorce with his wife, and it involved accusations of verbal abuse and threats. The man was served with a protective order and responded by posting on his Facebook profile that his wife was evil and that she was taking their son away from him. His wife was not able to see this post, but word of it soon got to her and she complained to the court about it.
The court decided that the man had violated the protective order and that he must post an apology on his profile for 30 days in order to avoid a fine and jail time. While some are in support of this decision, free speech advocates are appalled because the post at issue contained no threats of harm and did not mention the woman’s name. The post was also not directed at the wife’s Facebook profile.
San Diego Child Custody Lawyers
Clearly, much of the law that will revolve around Web sites such as Facebook has yet to be clarified by the courts. However, fathers who are going through a divorce and fighting for child custody need to be aware that posting on a social media site is almost the equivalent of standing on a street corner with a sandwich board. Therefore, anger and emotional rants need to be kept off of the Internet.
If you are facing the possibility of fighting for your children, you need to seek the help of San Diego child support lawyers who have been fighting for fathers for many years. Contact the Men’s Legal Center today to schedule an initial consultation.