Steve Nash case shows how the use of Twitter in a custody case can become important

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Steve Nash case shows how the use of Twitter in a custody case can become important

Celebrity gossip is mostly a matter of he said she said. NBA star, Steve Nash, knows this all too well after fighting a difficult child support case with Ex-Wife, Alendra Amarilla. The couple married in 2005 and ended in 2010. The five year long marriage provided the former couple with two 10 year old twin daughters and 4 year old son. After a lengthy three years after the announcement of the divorce, the two are still trying to solve matters involving violations of the joint custody agreement.

The custody agreement states civil communication about the other party would be spoke around the children. After the announcement of the two’s divorce, Alejandra’s Twitter page consisted of derogatory comments about her former husband, Steve Nash. Alejandra continued insulting Steve even though being advised otherwise.

The court then ordered that the use of slander on social media would not be allowed and should be added to the custody agreement. Alejandra appealed this order claiming it would violate the First Amendment. Nash’s ex-wife lost her appeal since the two had formally agreed upon ‘civil communication’ whether it be in person or on social media, these harsh words could ultimately be seen by the children on a future date, thus breaching the agreement.

Even though the use of Twitter is a practice of free speech, it can be taken too far. Anything you post on social media is on the international wide web forever and can be used against you. Instead of using your 140 characters as a place to vent, you should remember that even if your feelings changes, the tweets never will.

If you are facing a divorce, Stange Law Firm, PC has the experienced attorneys to help. The firm focuses exclusively on family law in the areas of divorce, legal separation, child custody, child support, paternity, and other domestic relations issues.

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Source: Nash v. Nash, 307 P.3d. 40 (Ariz. App. 2013)


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