Twitter ban and jail time for party harassing judge in custody case

A 34-year-old woman has been banned from using Twitter as part of her sentence for stalking and harassing Pennsylvania Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy.Sadiyyah F. Young was sentenced to 11 ½ to 23 months in the county jail, to be followed by three years’ probation, after she pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of stalking, forgery and identity theft. In addition, she was ordered to have no contact with Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy and several social workers as a condition of her sentence The sentence was part of a negotiated guilty plea agreement accepted by Judge William Carpenter of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Young, who


Instagram, Vine, Snapchat and Other Photo and Video Sharing Apps Becoming More Popular in Family Law

Photo and video sharing apps are becoming increasingly popular.  As with other social media avenues, these apps can often provide important evidence in a divorce, child custody and family law cases.  Below is a description of some of the most popular photo and video sharing apps: Snapchat is a photo messaging, social media tool. Unlike other services, Snapchat seeks to provide impermanence. Users can share photos, record video, and add text for distribution to one or more recipients. Those shares are set to self-destruct or disappear up to 10 seconds after sharing. The app also includes features which require the


How can Linkedin pages help in a divorce?

With the growing popularity of social media, online accounts are becoming more useful when it comes to family law cases. With social media outlets such as, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and many more, a lot of information can be found online that can help in a family law or divorce case. Linkedin is one social media site that can also become important. Parties can list their job history, dates of employment, position title and job duties on their page. They can also list their education and other achievements and certifications that they may have received. Some parties go on LinkedIn just


Judge DQ’d from divorce for trying to friend a party on Facebook

A Florida divorce case is getting quite a bit of attention. According to an opinion by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in Florida, the judge in this case, Florida Judge Linda D. Schoonover, sent a friend request to one of the parties, Sandra Choice. Upon advice of counsel, Chace did not accept the friend request. The attorney for Chace later alleged that when she did not accept Judge Schoonover’s friend request, the judge retaliated by giving her an unequal portion of the marital debt, plus gave her husband, Robert Loisel Jr., a larger alimony award. The Court of Appeals


How does your online social media presence affect your divorce?

The divorce process is often muddied with a number of issues – all of which are saturated with heavy emotions and stress. Property division, child custody and visitation rights are just a few subjects that are a part of the process. In the midst of it all, many individuals fail to consider how angry comments on Facebook or Twitter might affect their divorce. If you are dealing with the end of your marriage, you may want to reflect on the online social presence of you and your former partner. According to the president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers,


Facebook Discovery in Divorce and Family Law: How To-s

In many divorce and family law cases, a party might determine that evidence from Facebook is important in their case as it relates to a variety of issues, including property and debt division, child custody, spousal misconduct or a variety of other issues. a. Subpoenaing Facebook for Relevant Records Once you and your attorney have decided that social media content will be or could be important to your divorce or family law case, your attorney generally has several initial options: First, they can obtain the consent of the other party to produce the requested data. Second, they can attempt to


Social Media Evidence What Is Discoverable and Advising

Social Media Evidence: What Is Discoverable and Advising Clients What is Discoverable? There are numerous social networking sites out there including: Facebook; Twitter; LinkedIn; Instagram; YouTube; Pinterest; and a variety of others. People often use these websites daily, which contain a treasure trove of information. The reality is that an increasing number of individuals use social media webpages to communicate with others, share their opinions and personal details through posts, photos and videos and to even get news and information. In this day and age, a competent lawyer realizes their duty to stay up-to-date regarding social media use and discovery.


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


Does Twitter cause infidelity & divorce? Is it yes, no or something in between?

According to Amanda Hess, staff writer for Slate, “A new study says Twitter causes infidelity and divorce.” Hess replies, “Don’t believe it.” Amanda is referring to a study led by University of Missouri School of Journalism doctoral student Russell Clayton. Recently published in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, the report contends that Twitter can “be damaging to users’ romantic relationships.” Clayton concluded, “Users should cut back to moderate, healthy levels of Twitter use if they are experiencing Twitter or Facebook-related conflict.” Amanda Hess, counters, ” Is your Twitter use threatening your marriage? Who Knows?” Her reasoning is that the study


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