Electronic communications have taken over the way we communicate. People communicate electronically through e-mail and text messages. Social media is another way in which individuals communicate. People often communicate electronically spontaneously and without considering that it might find its way into a courtroom.
Obviously, electronic communication is convenient, it’s quick and that’s why individuals do it. However, when one is going through a divorce or family law matter, a party must think long and hard about electronic communication before they send it.
If a judge or guardian ad litem viewed it, would they be proud of what they wrote? Would what they wrote help paint them in a positive or negative light? Would the communication potentially harm the case if it ended up in a courtroom? Does communication make them look like a good or poor parent?
These are all questions that individuals going through a divorce and family law matter need to think long and hard about before hitting the send button. Once communication is sent, it can’t be taken back. The communication can be obtained in a multiplicity of ways, including through the recipient, through a subpoena, or in the discovery process.
For this reason, a party mustn’t send a communication at a time when they are upset and angry. A party mustn’t send communication spontaneously in times of joy and jubilation. Bragging in electronic communication can also come back to haunt somebody. It’s simply vital that a party think long and hard before communicating electronically in the midst of litigation.
If you are going through a divorce or family law matter, it is important to have legal counsel advise you about what communication is acceptable and what isn’t.
If you need the help of an attorney, Stange Law Firm, PC does have divorce lawyers who can assist. You can call us at 1-855-805-0595.