Divorce and dissolution of domestic partnership in the digital age
When two people enter into a relationship, they will spend a great deal of time together to decide if they are right for one another. They start making plans for their futures together and that is when they should begin to consider the reality of marriage or a domestic partnership more seriously.
As we all know, however, not every marriage will last. Some couples, for whatever reason, find that they are unable to remain committed to one another and begin considering divorce (dissolution of marriage) or dissolution of their domestic partnership. Despite all of their efforts at making the marriage or partnership work, they may begin thinking that they wish to be single again or start over with someone new.
A divorce or dissolution can and will be emotionally difficult for the spouses, especially if one of the partners is still in love. The pain and stress often leads to increased challenges in getting a divorce agreement finalized. This results in the parties becoming frustrated with one another, and causes some spouses to make mistakes that cause unforeseen problems for them.
These days, most people keep in touch with friends and family using social media. One message or posting can reach several individuals at one time. Due to the widespread nature of these communications, people going through a divorce or child custody litigation need to be extremely careful about what they say online.
A spouse, domestic partner or parent should never post any details about your divorce, domestic partnership or custody issues, even if you simply want to vent about what is happening. You never know who is reading what you are posting and anything you say may be used in court to damage your reputation and your legal matters. You and your spouse or partner will undoubtedly have common friends, and some of these individuals may not be on your side. They may try to get you to say things that are harmful to your case.
Do not post photos of anything that could be considered to show your potential unfitness as a parent. This includes posting photos of you at parties, bars or nightclubs, because this could cause your ex-spouse or partner to accuse you of abusing alcohol or other drugs.
It may even be a wise idea to discontinue using your accounts until after your case is final. Make certain that you disable some of the functions of the account as well, such as tagging, which allows other users to tag you in a post. You never know when a seemingly harmless posting can be taken the wrong way.
If you are thinking of filing for a divorce or dissolution of a domestic partnership, you need to take steps to protect yourself. Do not do anything to make your situation worse. Speak to an experienced Family Law Attorney about what you need to do to be ready for the process and the changes that you will soon be experiencing.
Many individuals struggle to get past the emotions that often accompany a family law legal proceeding, and this can lead them to making poor decisions. It is important that you understand the choices that are available to you during these proceedings, so that you can do what is best for your future after the legal proceedings are final.