The divorce process, as often discussed on this blog, often involves the dividing of property, determining child custody and settling child and spousal support matters. However, divorce legal issues neither always end there nor begin there. In fact, providing notice to a spouse of the filing of divorce papers can sometimes be complicated, causing significant headaches. However, technology may be making this part of divorce easier.
In one recent case out of New York, woman was allowed to serve notice to her spouse using Facebook. Legal professionals are quick to note that the tactic was a last resort, as she had to try to contact him, his relatives and post a notice in the newspaper. In the end, the strategy worked, and her husband responded to the notice.
Yet, utilizing technology in this process is not without its flaws. For example, if a Facebook user stopped using the person's account, then it would not be effective. This is why professionals suggest relying on technology as a last resort and, in some states, this technique cannot be used at all.
The use of social media is truly changing the way divorces are handled. Many individuals use social media communications as evidence against a spouse in divorce proceedings, and some use it to track changes in an ex-spouse's income for child support modification. However, these matters are often quite complex, and may require additional help.
People who are getting divorced need to understand the legal issues. This might include matters related to social media. In the end, the divorce process is about finding a new beginning, but sometimes that requires significant work and perseverance.
Source: Think Progress, "Getting Divorced In The Facebook Era," Lauren C. Williams, Apr. 10, 2015