An appellate court in New York upheld a family court decision to give a
father sole custody of his children. The court also affirmed a ruling from the
child custody case banning the children's mother from posting anything about them
on Facebook. The mother's attorney says the ruling is unfortunate
since the children's mother won't be able to post anything positive
about her children.
The children's father was granted sole custody of his children after
it was revealed that his ex-wife has made disparaging remarks about her
then 10-year-old son on Facebook. In addition to being granted sole custody,
the family court banned the mother from posting anything about her children
on Facebook. Facebook posts of the mother calling her son a severely derogatory
name were given as evidence during the child custody proceedings to show
that the mother exhibited an "inappropriate pattern of behavior"
when it came to her children.
The mother admitted to the posts saying that it was true and her friends
needed to know it. It was also revealed that she was often demeaning and
would even resort to physical means to deal with her son. Documents also
revealed that the boy was in counseling for mental issues, but his mother
refused to participate in his counseling.
At the center of any child custody battle in New York is the belief in
doing what is best for the children. There are many people that believe
that children would be better served by giving their mother sole custody.
However, when it becomes clear that a mother is not well suited to having
sole custody of the children, the best interests of the child must take
priority over the mother-child relationship. The gender of the primary
caregiver may become irrelevant when the needs of the children are considered
above anything else.
Source: Huffington Post, "Mom Ordered To Stop Posting On Kids' Facebook Pages, New York Supreme
Court Upholds Decision," Hilary Hanson, Feb. 20, 2013