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Facebook, Youtube, MySpace and Divorce…

Facebook, Youtube, MySpace and Divorce…

In today’s day and age, its not all that uncommon for a disgruntled spouse to take their divorce case to the court of public opinion on Facebook, Youtube or another social networking or blogging site. Here are a few good reasons why this is not a good idea.

 

1. No one is perfect. Once you go public, your spouse may decide it’s gloves off time and go after you. Do you really want your secrets out there?

2. Your kids. I once had a very well intended father write a lovely note on his Facebook page telling his children how much he loved them and missed them. The teenage child was rather unhappy that her parents bitter divorce was now public information. Parents should keep in mind that while adults may handle a matter like this gracefully, teens can be rather cruel. Your posting will only add stress to your child’s life– no matter how sweet your message may be.

3.  Even if you delete your posting, it may still be discoverable…  In the case of Romano v Steelcase Inc., 2010 NY Slip Op 20388, 5 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 2010) the court granted access to Plaintiff’s current and historical Facebook and MySpace pages and accounts, including all deleted pages and related information upon the grounds that Plaintiff had placed certain information on these social networking sites which were believed to be inconsistent with her claims in the action. In making this finding the court found that, “it is reasonable to infer from the limited postings on Plaintiff’s public Facebook and MySpace profile pages, that her private pages may contain materials and information that are relevant to her claims or that may lead to the disclosure of admissible evidence. To deny Defendant an opportunity access to these sites not only would go against the liberal discovery policies of New York favoring pre-trial disclosure, but would condone Plaintiff’s attempt to hide relevant information behind self-regulated privacy settings.”

4.Your posting may adversely impact your spouse’s income… and if he/she is supporting you and your kids, that’s surely a path of recklessness that would not make for a positive outcome long-term.

 

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  1. December 3, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Very interesting, Peyton. Social Networking is changing society. The Internet is like elephants; it never forgets.

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