In a case that may be of interest to Minnesota parents, a New York judge has ruled that a Facebook profile may be used to determine the outcome of a child custody case. It is the first time social media profiles have been allowed as proof in such situations.
In the case, a Westchester County Supreme Court judge ruled that a father can use his ex-wife's Facebook posts to prove she does not spend as much time with the couple's 4-year-old son as she claims. The father, who is a social worker, says that he is the child's primary caregiver and alleges the posts will show his ex-wife frequently vacations in cities like Boston and Milan, Italy. In an attempt to keep the posts from being used as evidence, the ex-wife argued that she had "unfriended" her former husband and that her posts were private. However, the judge found that the contents of her profile and her posts could be material to the case and ordered her to turn over her Facebook login credentials by Sept. 14.