Just about every parent in Ohio has gotten frustrated with their children at some point in time; and everyone handles that frustration differently. One woman decided to deal with her feelings about her son by posting on Facebook. Her posts helped a court decide to give the children's father sole custody at a child custody hearing.

The mother decided to appeal the court's decision to give her ex-husband sole custody of the children. The appellate court's decision was not what she had hoped. In addition to affirming the lower court's decision to give the father sole custody of the children, they also affirmed the family court's decision to ban the woman from posting comments about her children on Facebook.

Court documents indicate that the father was given sole custody due to the mother's "inappropriate behavior" when it came to the children. She even admitted to the court that she had called her son an extremely derogatory name on Facebook. The woman indicated that she believes her son to be such a person and wanted her friends on Facebook to be aware of it.

As the popularity and proliferation of social media sites such as Facebook have gained popularity, their use as evidence in Ohio courts has only increased. When it comes to child custody cases, Facebook posts can be used to show a parent's true feelings for their children as in this case. On the flip side, those same Facebook posts made in a moment of anger that are not a true reflection of one parent's feelings towards their children can still be used as evidence. It may be a good idea to find another way to vent frustration with the kids; especially during a custody battle.

Source: Huffington Post, "Mom Ordered To Stop Posting On Kids' Facebook Pages, New York Supreme Court Upholds Decision," Hilary Hanson, Feb. 20, 2013