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Social media identifies people failing to pay child support

Illinois parents who are trying to collect child support may be able to point authorities to ex-partners' Facebook pages or other social media to demonstrate whether these exes might be able to pay more than they claim. For example, one parent who reportedly paid the minimum for years to stay out of jail now faces felony charges after bragging on Facebook about how much money they had.

This parent had talked about how much money they were taking home from work while paying only $189 total in child support. The 3-year-old son was undergoing treatments for leukemia, and medical care costs had mounted.

Another parent is now facing charges after posting photos showing off wads of cash. Authorities used this as evidence that the parent might be able to afford more than the one-time child support payment of $100 they had made. Allegedly, another parent purchased a music studio while failing to pay support.

For both parties going through a divorce, child support payments should be fair. An attorney may be able to help in negotiating those amounts. A parent who feels that their ex-partner is concealing assets in order to avoid child support payments may want to use social media as one avenue to find out if the individual's lifestyle as portrayed online matches what the individual says about their financial situation in court. Failing to pay child support when one has the means to do so may be a serious offense, and there are legal remedies available to individuals whose ex-partners are not paying the child support they owe.

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

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