Woman admits perjury after faking threats from ex-husband

A Florida woman has been convicted of perjury and was given a five-year suspended sentence for faking email and Facebook posts in order to win a child custody case. The 25-year-old Brooksville resident pleaded guilty to the perjury charge on July 9. The custody battle will continue in domestic relations court on July 15.

In January, the woman was awarded custody of her daughter after she produced evidence that her husband had made threatening statements toward her in emails and on Facebook. Further investigation into the woman's claims prompted a police detective to subpoena her Internet service provider, Time Warner Cable. The detective reported that in one exchange between the man and woman, the woman's name was underneath her husband's name. He suggested that she had written it herself and forgotten to change the byline.

Time Warner records revealed that the emails and Facebook accounts had been created on the woman's own computer, and that the posts and emails originated from this computer as well. After this information was revealed, the judge in the case set aside his earlier custody decision and awarded temporary custody of the daughter to the former husband. The woman is still seeking custody, though her own grandparents have written to the court urging the judge to allow the child's father to retain custody.

Judges in child custody cases can be influenced by the actions of parents in their relationship with each other. When someone who is seeking custody of his or her child hires an attorney, the parent could receive not only legal representation in court, but also advice on behavior and actions that could benefit or harm the case.

Source: Times Record , "Florida Woman Pleads Guilty To Perjury In Fort Smith Custody Case - See more at: http://swtimes.com/news/florida-woman-pleads-guilty-perjury-fort-smith-custody-case#sthash.j0gqXdO2.dpuf", Jeff Arnold, July 10, 2014

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