Divorce in the 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
And it isn’t restricted just to online social media services. Text messaging, e-banking, 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. The lawyers at Howie Johnson Barristers & Solicitor have the kind of knowledge which can only come from over a quarter-century of legal experience in the face of almost constant technological change. They have 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, Howie Johnson Barristers & Solicitors has gathered a network of professionals and certified specialists who can provide all the necessary information and services the situation requires. The firm is constantly expanding our network of professional contacts, such as certified IT security specialists and forensic IT specialists, to ensure that we always have the most up-to-date means of gathering information to better serve the needs of his clients.
Contact Howie Johnson Barristers & Solicitors With Questions About Divorce and Social Media
To speak with an experienced Windsor family law lawyer about social media issues with respect to divorce, call 519.973.1500, or contact us online. We serve clients in Windsor, Essex County and throughout the region.