Behold another blog post about the ramifications of Facebook-ing leading to divorce. Divorce attorneys throughout America are reporting an increase in business recently. Why? Because many social networking sites such as Facebook encourage flirtations that often led to more serious attachments. Attorney Paul Ross reported “[i]t’s not just Gen Y, The baby boomers and grey nomads are also getting in on the act … it’s also quite a regular occurrence these days that the client will have found out about an affair through Facebook.”
Further, a 2009 study of 304 students at Guelph University in Canada found that Facebook could create jealousy and suspicion owing to the ease with which people could monitor partners’ activities. Facebook could ”connect people who would not otherwise communicate”, the study found. I guess this holds true if you are connecting with people you would not otherwise “know” but meet on Facebook.
Along the same lines of the use of Facebook, our offices have also caught the opposing party in a lie through their Twitter account. Our client, Father, who lives out of State, was in California recently to attend a court hearing. Father asked Mother if he could have visitation with Child, given that he already has limited time with the Child. Mother refused, claiming that she was out of town for the weekend and had “limited” access to the internet. Father attempted to communicate with Mother over the weekend via email in an effort to informally work out other outstanding issues surrounding their custody case. Mother failed to respond to Father’s emails, again, claiming she was allegedly out of town and did not have access to the internet. On Sunday morning of that same weekend, Father searched Mother’s twitter account and discovered she was online “tweeting” quotes to her twitter account– thereby catching her in a lie! Mother did have internet access but simply refused to communicate with Father. This is clearly an example of Mother’s bad faith tactics and failure to communicate to reduce the cost of litigation.
The moral of the story is that you should not post anything online if you don’t want the world to see it. The internet is an amazing invention and you will eventually be caught!
It is essential that individuals facing family law issues, including divorce and child custody, contact an Orange County divorce attorney for assistance.