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The dangers of social media and child custody

In a convoluted story of two parents fighting over custody of their children, a cautionary tale about social media can be found. The couple split up, and the mother had custody of the children. The mother then decided to start dating other people, and she began talking to someone on Facebook, a man she'd never met. His name was Jason.

As part of the process, the woman decided to send some explicit videos of her dancing to the man, and she removed her clothes in the videos. The trouble started because she actually had her daughter, who was 8 years old, hold onto the camera phone while making those videos.

The twist came when it turned out that "Jason" was not real; he was just her ex-husband. Since he had been told not to contact her, he made the fake profile, and he said he did it to check up on how much time she spent surfing the web. He said he was just watching out for his children, and he never expected it to take the turn that it did.

However, he then tried to use the videos to get custody of his children. It did not work. The judge determined that the 8-year-old needed to be removed from the home entirely, though the parents can still visit her. The younger daughter remained in the mother's home. In short, the whole mess blew up in both of their faces, a fact they must deal with every time they want to see their daughter.

If you're trying to get custody of your children in New Jersey, make sure that you know what legal options you have to fight for your rights, rather than taking things to an extreme level on social media.

Source: Forbes, "How Not To Use Facebook To Get Custody Of Your Kids," Kashmir Hill, accessed April. 13, 2015

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