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Don’t Put this on FaceBook…

FaceBook can be used for comparing yourself to others and investigating persons you just met. It can also be used to brag on yourself, your child’s latest, cutest thing and driving up “hits” on your blog. However, it is NOT to air your DIVORCE DRAMA!

“81 percent of divorce attorneys surveyed by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers said they’d seen an increase in the number of cases using social networking evidence in the five years prior. The attorneys said Facebook was the number one source for finding online evidence, with 66 percent admitting they’d found evidence by combing the site.”

What are some of the things NOT to post on FaceBook?

  • Don’t put the sordid details of your case.
  • Don’t take cheap shots at the other’s parenting ability.
  • Don’t post inappropriate pictures of yourself or others.
  • Don’t call out the Judge or Court system on your page.
  • Don’t put out false information to garner sympathy.

Matthew Thompson is a Family Law Attorney in Mississippi and recommends you not post your business on FaceBook.

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Why Putting Your Engagement on FaceBook May be a Bad Idea.

It seems our “lives” are lived on FaceBook, for better and for worse.

A short marriage came to an abrupt end when the parties realized that they did not really know each other. It was not a first marriage for either party, a whirlwind courtship and a tumultuous coupling that lead to separation after 9 months.

The husband sought an easy “no-fault” divorce. She would keep hers plus he pays her some starting over money, he keep his and they go their separate ways. She did not respond.

Well, she actually hired a lawyer and sued him for everything; a fault based divorce, 1/2 of the house, 1/2 of his retirement, that he buy her a car, permanent alimony, plus she retains all of her stuff. Again, all of this based on a 9 month marriage. It’s important to note that he had the house prior to marriage, the bulk of the retirement prior to marriage and the car was a lease that was to be turned in.

She was aggressive to a fault. She sought a temporary hearing and asked for temporary alimony. She didn’t get it. We then went through the discovery process. We sought records, arrest and otherwise.

Finally, a break through…she posted on FaceBook that she was engaged! To her Soulmate!

I sent her lawyer a note.  It said “Great news! I hear congratulations are in order. Your client has announced her engagement. Attached are the pictures she posted, plus a pic of an impressive engagement ring…it’s high time this case settle. Attached is our proposal to settle all issues. Please review, sign where indicated and return to me. In the event this does not resolve this matter we will be filing an Amended Answer and Counterclaim consistent with these revelations.

The case settled that day via an easy “no-fault” divorce. She kept hers plus he paid her some starting over money, he kept his and they went their separate ways.

Matthew Thompson is a Mississippi Divorce Attorney and is equally grateful and frustrated that FaceBook exists.

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Don’t Post That!

FaceBook is ubiquitous. It is virtually everywhere.

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However, it is NOT for airing your grievances with your significant other. It is NOT where you post how awful the other parent is/was/will be. It is NOT where you share embarrassing pictures, screen grabs of texts, or generally blast the other person.

So, you may ask, where do I get to do those things? Court, maybe. Or, maybe you don’t do those things.

Matthew Thompson is a Family Law Attorney in Mississippi and cringes when he sees this junk on FB and maybe smirks.

Matthew@bowtielawyer.ms          (601) 850-8000       www.BowTieLawyer.ms