Should I Text My Lawyer?

Text messages (also known as SMS, short message service) are a common way of communicating. Instead of picking up the phone or drafting an email, many like the ease and quickness of sending a text. For this reason, many clients text their lawyer in a divorce or family law matter. Text communications can be short and to the point. Clients can also attach photos and videos to texts. Because texting is so easy, many are looking to text their lawyer about their divorce or family law matter. Is texting an effective form of communication for clients going through a divorce


Best Practices for Authenticating, Presenting & Disputing Digital Evidence

Below is a summary on best practices for authenticating, presenting and disputing digital evidence in court.  This summary includes some relevant statutes and applicable case law. These are just some examples of reported cases on this topic. Considering that the facts of every circumstance is different, it is important to consult with an attorney regarding any particular circumstance. However, this summary does help provide some important information on the admission of digital evidence. a. Applicability of Federal Rules of Evidence to ESI Issues and laws regarding family law are generally state-specific. Still, the Federal Rules of Evidence are often mirrored


Show your ex is cohabitating through cell phone usage

So your former spouse is in a new relationship?  If you are paying your ex maintenance, also known as alimony in some states, there is no reason for your ex to remarry and, as a matter of fact, it gives your ex every reason not to remarry, if he or she wants to continue to take your money. In order to terminate maintenance based on allegations of cohabitation, a showing of more than just living together is required in most states. This is complicated to say the least. For cohabitation to be sufficient to reduce or terminate maintenance, it must


Technology management for children in future divorce decrees?

Joint physical custody is becoming more and more the norm in today’s society. Since no one parent has primary custody of the child and since the child usually spends half the week living one lifestyle and half another, technology management may seem impossible. It is often said that co-parenting with an ex and managing technology use in children are two of the greatest challenges in the modern parenting world. Also, research indicates that technology use for children can be addictive. When there is no primary parent in charge, a child can be living in an ongoing cycle of addiction and


Pros and Cons of Using Computer Forensic Experts in Divorce and Family Law Cases

Use of Computer Forensic Experts in Divorce & Family Law In many family law matters, social media evidence and electronically stored information can become critical in a family law case.  For example, financial information regarding income, marital property and debt may all be stored electronically.  In other cases, valuable evidence can also be found on social media relative to child custody.  For this reason, a party may need to consider hiring a computer forensic expert in their divorce or family law matter. Below are some of the pros and cons to hiring a computer forensic expert: The Pros: The advantages


Email & Text Message Evidence in Litigation

Email & Text Message Evidence in Litigation Kirk C. Stange * Special thanks to Alicia Kapolis and Primrose Mungwari for helping prepare these materials. Court Rules Many computer and electronic discovery issues are covered by the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. However, it is also vital to check state and local rules of civil procedure. Below are various applicable Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Fed. R. Civ. P. 1001(1) – Writings and recordings include computers and photographic systems. Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(1)(C)– Obligates parties to provide opponents with copies of or descriptions of documents,


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