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Law Prohibits Electronic Eavesdropping on SpouseIt should be obvious that you are not allowed to break into your spouse’s locked filing cabinet in order to obtain his or her personal documents during your divorce. The same concept applies to digital information. You are not allowed to snoop through your spouse's computer or other electronic devices to find private communications and documents. The evidence you find would be inadmissible in your divorce case, and you could face criminal charges for violating eavesdropping laws. However, you can use digital information that your spouse makes available to the public.

Electronic Eavesdropping

Eavesdropping is the act of obtaining information that a person can reasonably expect to remain private. There are several methods someone could use to eavesdrop on his or her spouse’s electronic communications or access digital documents:

  1. Unauthorized Log-In: Many computers and email accounts require a user name and password in order to access them. You may know or be able to guess your spouse’s log-in information, but you are not allowed to log in to his or her private accounts without permission.
  2. Hacking: Someone with technical savvy may be able to remotely access a person’s private digital information. Hackers can breach digital security by exploiting system weaknesses or sending an email with malicious software. Hacking into your spouse’s digital devices is a major violation of his or her privacy.
  3. Monitoring: One goal of gaining access to someone’s digital device is to install software that can track and record private conversations. If someone’s spouse was previously allowed to use a device, he or she could have installed spyware. Monitoring your spouse’s emails, texts, phone calls, and video chats is a definite violation of the eavesdropping law.

Public Information

Social media has become the big exception to the eavesdropping laws that restrict access to personal information. Your spouse cannot expect information to remain private if he or she posted it publicly on Facebook or another platform. It is legal for you to watch your spouse’s public social media activity to see if he or she says anything that may be relevant to your divorce.

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How to Announce Your Divorce Through Social MediaTelling each person you know individually about your divorce can be exhausting and stressful. It also creates many socially awkward situations where the person is not sure how to respond to the news. You would feel relieved if you could just tell them all at the same time. Social media makes this possible in ways that previous generations did not have. However, you must carefully plan out when and how you make the announcement because it will determine how people respond to the news:

  1. Tell Your Closest Friends First: There is no avoiding having a conversation about your divorce with your family and closest friends. They deserve to hear the news from you personally because they may be emotionally invested in your relationship. Think of how you would feel if you learned about your best friend’s divorce through a Facebook announcement. Your friends can also be your allies when making your larger announcement.
  2. Create One Unified Announcement: You can help minimize the drama from your divorce announcement by making it together with your former spouse. Most likely, one of you will write it and send it to the other to get approval before posting it. If your relationship is too strained for this type of cooperation, it is still best to be civil in your announcement and consider how your spouse will react.
  3. Set Expectations with Your Message: You do not need to share intimate details about your divorce, but a short announcement will invite people to respond with questions that you may feel uncomfortable answering. You can give a generic reason why you are getting a divorce or tell people you do not want to talk about. Let people know if you do not want them to ask questions or offer help.
  4. Consider Your Audience: A divorce announcement is appropriate for people who are personal acquaintances. You may use certain social media accounts for professional contacts or more casual acquaintances. Use the social media platform that will only reach the people who you feel need to hear the news. Adjust the privacy settings for your announcement accordingly.
  5. Assign a Spokesperson: You may want to avoid the pressure of responding to people who leave comments on your announcement. You can ask a close friend or family member to respond on your behalf. This person should know how to reply to someone offering help or asking an awkward or inappropriate question.

Contact a Kane County Divorce Attorney

Your divorce announcement should be the only time you talk about your divorce on social media. Your best strategy will be to keep a low profile on social media throughout your divorce so you will not do something that may hurt your case. A St. Charles, Illinois, divorce lawyer at Goostree Law Group can advise you on the proper behavior when going through a divorce. Schedule a free consultation by calling 630-584-4800.

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Kane County divorce attorneysAre you the type of person who is quick to share photos and experiences with your friends and followers on Facebook or Instagram? Social media networks like these can certainly be fun and help keep distant family members up to date with each other’s lives. When you are in the midst of a divorce, however, social media can be an unexpected source of danger. It is important to keep a few things in mind if you intend to stay on social media as your marriage is coming to an end.

Image Can Be Everything

Part of the reason that social media sites are so attractive for users is that they allow a person to present a carefully managed version of themselves to their friends and followers. Very few users post embarrassing photos or stories about themselves; instead, they focus on the high points. The problem with social media as it relates to divorce, however, is the lack of context.

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As social media has become a larger and larger part of our everyday lives, most people have come to agree that it can have a very detrimental effect on marriages and divorces. Social media provides outlets for infidelity, as well as evidence for lawyers to use in divorce cases. However, some people are starting to discover that there may be a benefit in using various social media sites while going through a divorce. LaraOne of the major ways social media can aid you during a divorce is providing an easy route to finding resources. These resources can vary from information on what to look for in a good divorce attorney to how to talk to your children about divorce. When searching for a solid divorce attorney, you can use social media sites to conduct searches and verify personal reputations. It is very easy to find out what others have to say about their experiences with the attorney in the past via social media. Another important way social media can be helpful during divorce is that it allows parents who, for whatever reason, have lost touch with their children to keep in contact and stay updated. In some cases, couples decide to move far away from their ex-spouse after getting divorced. If the two have children, it can be very hard for the parent who moved to keep up to date on the happenings in their child’s life. Kyung (Kathryn) Dickerson, family law attorney in Virginia, stated that “If there is physical distance between the parties and the children, (especially with) a military parent on deployment, a Foreign Service parent assigned abroad or a corporate parent who is assigned to an office in a different country or part of the country for a period of time, a family site or friending a child’s site is a great way for the parent to stay actively involved in the child’s life.” Social media, when used correctly, can sometimes be a very useful tool during divorce instead of the monster some people believe it to be. If you are going through a divorce and have any questions, be sure to contact a dedicated Illinois divorce attorney to assist you.

The idea of Facebook and other social media websites is to connect people who live far away and have similar interests or friends.  The interesting thing about social media is that it has almost the opposite effect for marriages.  According to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers reported that 80% of lawyers have seen an increase in the word Facebook in divorce filings.  There are two ways in which social media can affect a marriage, before it, by allowing people to flirt with exes and after, by posting inappropriate content during the divorce. The same things that make social networking possible are some of the reasons why it can affect a marriage.  People become all consumed by the happenings and postings of other people.  If it is taking time away from your spouse, you may be inadvertently creating tension in your marriage.  There is also a chance for flirtatious behavior or other things that break the trust of a marriage.  Also, due to the removed nature of interactions, there could be more license taken with responses. There is a sense of permanence to every picture, every post and every tweet.  Lawyers across the globe are finding it useful to present these articles of evidence to show lies and affairs.  If you are going through a divorce, then it is important to separate yourself from Facebook and other sites.  Child custody can be affected forever by an unfortunate “party pic” or other unsavory evidence. If you are in the process of a divorce or need some advice about how to proceed, you need the assistance of a legal professional.  You need someone who has seen how social media has changed divorce proceedings for the worse.  Contact a skilled divorce attorney in Kane County today to assist you in getting the result you deserve.
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