One of the biggest changes in society over the last 20 years has been the rise of social media such as Facebook and the sharing of our personal lives with others. Social media has been a great benefit and enjoyed by practically everyone who has a mobile phone, computer and internet access.
Social media however also has its downside.
What you post may not be as secure or private as you think. Those unwise words written in the heat of the moment about your former spouse, have a tendency of making their way into family law proceedings.
The following are examples of what courts have considered in family law proceedings:
Many are not aware that it is also against the law to publish anything about family law proceedings which could identify any of the parties, (see s121 of the Family Law Act 1975). This includes posting anything on social media or elsewhere. Parties are able to seek an order from the court to prevent the other party from posting such material. This can make family law proceedings increasingly expensive and bitter.
Here are some suggestions when you next get the urge to post something when you are in the middle of a family law dispute:
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