Be aware that anything you do online - e-mail, text, Facebook, Myspace, YouTube Twitter or LinkedIn can come back to haunt you. Even if you delete an e-mail, it may still reside on your hard drive and may be discoverable by an expert. Any text messages, e-mails or information on your cell phone can be retrieved electronically and used in court.
· Avoid online references to money or spending. That innocent mention of your upcoming vacation to Europe may belie your claims that you don't have enough money to pay alimony.
· Supervise your children's use of cell phones, e-mail and the like. Anything children do can reflect on you as the parent in a divorce proceeding.
· Create a new, web-based e-mail address to ensure that no one but you has access. Stop using your current e-mail address, if possible.
· Password-protect your files, but realize that an expert may be able to get around those passwords anyway,
· If you share a computer with your spouse, and you believe that the hard drive may contain information that would be relevant to your divorce case, let your attorney know. He or she can have the hard drive imaged to preserve the evidence.
· Consider that your spouse may have installed spyware on your computer to keep track of what you're doing online. Do not, however, install spyware on your spouse's computer-that may run afoul of the law.
· stop posting to your Myspace or Facebook, etc. accounts. If you maintain a blog, avoid posting anything personal or about your divorce. Anything you post may become evidence in your case
Interesting News articles around the United States
January 23, 2016, The Legislature enacted new laws concerning Spousal Maintenance. The new law is very complicated and plays out differently in each case. If you are concerned with this you need to ask your attorney how it may effect you. We cannot calculate this for you.
(August 16, 2010) New York now has a no-fault divorce
option. New York is the last state in the United States to pass no-fault
divorce laws. Until now, a spouse who filed for divorce had to allege
grounds for divorce including adultery, abandonment, imprisonment or
New York -The Governor signed the Parental Delegation Bill into law . This law allows parents to delegate authority to a caregiver to enroll their child in school or to take the child to the doctor. This legislation is extremely important to grandparents who are caring for a child on an informal basis. NY was one of the few states that did not have such a law.
Democrat & chronicle article, printed in the January 28th, 2004 edition
White Plains,NY WOMAN GUILTY IN CHILD CUSTODY CASE A woman who spirited her infant son to China during a custody dispute and kept him there while his father died of cancer _ was convicted by a jury Tuesday of just a misdemeanor and was ordered freed from jail.
Jing Xiong Kelly, 42 was found guilty of second-degree custodial interference. Because she has been in jail for more than a year _ longer than the toughest sentence possible_ Judge Barbara Zimbelli ordered her to be freed Tuesday. !
Democrat & Chronicle News item printed in January 8th, 2003 edition
CUSTODY LAW GIVES GRANDPARENTS HELP A state law that takes effect this week will afford grandparents a better chance of gaining custody of their grandchildren under some circumstances.
Under the law, when a child has been separated from his or her parents for 24 consecutive months – while residing at his or her grandparents’ home – the grandparents’ have legal standing in certain custody proceedings.
The new law also requires social service agencies to locate grandparents if their grandchildren are removed from their parents’ home because of abuse or neglect. At that time social service workers must also inform the grandparents’ that they are eligible to become foster parents or to attempt to adopt their grandchildren.
According to AARP, more than 400,000 grandchildren in the United States live in households headed by a grandparent or another nonparental relative.