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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Divorce and Facebook: Privacy Be Gone

Is there any privacy among partners in a marriage; among parties to a divorce proceeding? In this web 2.0 era, some people are their own worst enemy.

Photos or statements posted on the web lose all aspects of privacy. Deleting a post does not remove it from cyberspace. The Internet is rich terrain for discovery-seeking divorce lawyers.

In a divorce, it is advisable to maintain privacy and restrict confidences to one's professional counselors. Why then, are so many people drawn to plastering their every move -including their horrible gaffs- on the Internet via the web's easily accesible variety of social networking platforms?

A recent Time magazine article analyzes this trend in the divorce context:
http://tinyurl.com/m9n6lh
The article includes a link to five "Facebook Don'ts":
http://tinyurl.com/nml7vq

No doubt, lawyers can and do take advantage of web postings in custody battles and in the property division contest. If you need to have a web posting preserved, or have the source of a post tracked, contact our firm to assess your options.

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is nothing private in this world and particularly with the family courts. The family courts are a zoo, and don't check the veracity of the statments some people make. I am thoroughly discused with the courts, the cops, and the institutions that are supposed to be protecting people and maintaining justice. When my ex husband and his attorney laugh in my face at what monwy I have wasted in the courts seeking justice, and his attorney admits that he was friends with the judge, I am discusted that these behaviors are not stopped. Instead, what I have discovered is that the family court judge who should have recused himself got money from the judge who is now hearing the case. Time and time I hear people asking for a judge to recuse themself for obvious conflicts of interest and the judge refuses to. The whole system is screwed up and has a damaging impact on the children and families of Oakland County. Various organizations who rate the courts in Michigan have verified the fact that Michigan Courts stink.

July 29, 2009 at 9:16 AM 
Anonymous shelly said...

People are "idiots". Thats the answer to your questions in this post. Takl about his own worst enemy, my ex-husband posted semi-nude photos of his girlfriend on his MS page as soon as i filed for divorce, and started bragging to all his friends. Even my kids saw these pics, and so did the judge. I was trying to put his ass in jail. Hope i dont get in trouble for this comments.

August 22, 2009 at 9:10 AM 
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