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May 2017 Archives

The dangers of social media in the domestic relations arena

One of the first things I do when a person hires me to represent them in a domestic relations case is check out thier Facebook page as well as their spouse and as the case moves along, any other witnesses who appear significant either for myself or for the opposing party. It never fails to amaze me the types of pictures and comments people will make on Facebook and other soical media sites which can later hurt them when they are applying for a job or possibly trying to obtain custody or visitation rights with their children. Facebook and other social media sites are a great place to share things but are also fairly public. I remind my clients that even if they have their privacy settings turned up to the max, there is nothing to prevent the opposing attorney from subpoenaing their Facebook page, as well as other social media sites, and all of the posts that have been made to thier page.

Terminating child support

May is an exciting time for many families with high school graduations, acceptance letters from colleges and, for many non-custodial parents, the ending of child support obligations. Many non-custodial parents are unaware of the fact that legal action is required to actually stop the process whereby child support payments are withheld from their wages. Often times they don't realize this is the case until one or more payments has been withheld from their checks which should not have been taken out. Getting money back from an ex-spouse once they receive it can be difficult; it's important to make sure that you stop child support in a timely fashion.

Social media posts can be used to prosecute defendants

The Atlantic reports that police and prosecutors are increasingly using social media to track criminals. Using Facebook, Twitter or Snapchat, police can find networks of drug traffickers or gangs. Some users have gone as far as to livestream their escapades, allowing police to have a clear picture of the crime. When it comes to driving while intoxicated, law enforcement might use social media to prove their case.