Social Media & Divorce

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Divorce in an age of Social Media

In an age of rapidly changing communication technologies, social media is constantly forcing a reassessment of the meaning of “privacy.”  It may seem like a trivial concern, it may even seem unrelated to the topic of divorce, but more and more, social media and modern communication technologies are having an impact on divorce proceedings and negotiations.

Privacy May Not Always Mean Privacy

Privacy is something few gave much thought to a decade or so ago.  That has changed pretty quickly in the last ten years. With social media allowing so many to live so much of their lives online, people tend to expect that a comprehensive privacy policy is in place to protect them.  After all, private content like personal information, photos, thoughts, and feelings are regularly shared in online spaces such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Snapchat.  All of these sites and services seem to come with extensive privacy policies and privacy settings which offer a feeling of privacy and security, but how much privacy do these policies and settings really provide?  Often, in the case of divorce, social network privacy agreements or privacy settings don’t constitute any form of legal protection.

And it isn’t restricted just to online social media services.  Text messaging, e-banking and online financial services, and even workplace email can be fair game.  These communications are becoming increasingly more important in legal proceedings, and are being accessed by spouses and their lawyers to be leveraged in divorce proceedings in order to strengthen negotiating power.

Determining Public Versus Private

Like it or not, communication via digital media leaves a footprint.  It means that content which is intended to be private, but which is placed online, may ultimately be scrutinized by a spouse or lawyer, and may become public.  The first step in determining what may or may not be used by a spouse or lawyer in divorce proceedings is to talk to an experienced family lawyer who can help define which communications are truly private, and which can be sought as evidence.  Jason P. Howie has the kind of experience which can only come from over a quarter century of legal experience in the face of almost constant technological change, and he has consistently kept up with those changes, because it’s the best way to serve the needs of his clients.  In addition to staying current and knowledgeable about emerging technologies, Jason has also gathered a network of professionals and certified specialists who can provide all the necessary information and services the situation requires.  Jason is constantly expanding his network of professional contacts, such as certified IT security specialists and forensic IT specialists to ensure that he always has the most up to date means of gathering information to better serve the needs of his clients.

Contact Jason P. Howie With Questions About Divorce and Social Media

To speak with an experienced Windsor family law lawyer about divorce and/or spousal support, call519-973-1500 or contact us online. We serve clients in Windsor, Essex County and throughout the region.

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