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Family courts update social media status

By Cathryn Paul

Social networking sites have clearly changed the fabric of family life. This is being reflected more and more in family court.

As we frequently tell our children, watch what you post online, it can come back to bite you.

Many recent cases contain references to Facebook posts that are admitted to evidence and help or hurt one party.

In Scrivo v. Scrivo (2012 Ont. S.C.J.), the mother posted her unflattering assessment of the father and his new partner on Facebook. These posts were admitted in evidence, and contradicted her testimony that she encouraged a relationship between the children and their father. The judge rejected her oral testimony on that point.

In the same case, the children’s Facebook posts, stating that they felt that they were in a war zone between their parents were also admitted into evidence and referenced in the judge’s decision. Read Cathryn Paul Blog

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