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Social networking, Facebook, Internet Websites and their impact on Divorce and Custody

Posted by attorney Bryan Salamone
Filed under: Child custody

Bryan L. Salamone & Associates, P.C. is Long Island's largest, dedicated divorce and Family Law firm with twelve full-time attorneys. Over the last ten years the firm has grown to handle over almost one thousand cases a year and has been dealing with internet cases and their impact on divorce and custody since long before Facebook;; MySpace and Craigslist were even conceived.

It is our experience that the internet is now a factor in almost 70% of all divorces today. As a marriage disintegrates often one or both the spouses reach out to friends or family via internet; social networking; e-mail or use the computer to search information or to view prurience materials.

Indeed, most of our clients have researched divorce on the internet before they even hire us.

For cases involving computers; the internet or websites and/or e-mail, it is necessary to have an attorney that has handled those exact types of cases. There are experts necessary and evidentiary foundations required in order for the court to listen to anything about an internet or a computer. Indeed, courts are run by judges who grew up, for the most part, and graduated high school prior to 1998. Common sense dictates that if a judge was born in 1980 and graduated high school in 1998...Windows 98 was just beginning to take hold. Prior to Windows 98 there was very little ability to surf the net to the extent that people use it today and most all social network; MySpace and Craigslist sites have now been used by even a fraction of the population. Therefore, the judiciary is (in some cases) strictly construing the evidence rules before taking things for granted when it comes to evidence of internet usage; contact and communication. A portion of the judiciary maintains a hard lined (prove it) evidentiary stance when it comes to internet evidence. A good law firm with the rights experts can prove it each and every time.

At the law firm of Bryan L. Salamone & Associates, P.C., we have represented cases whereby the internet itself; e-mails; and websites were the main crux of the arguments in the divorce and custody matters. Indeed, our firm is one of the first cases to allow relocation and visitation by Skype in a matter known as A.G. v. K.G. before Justice Mark Cohen, Suffolk County Supreme Court, August 2010.

Furthermore, we have explicitly handled cases involving the impact of Craigslist; internet dating; and websites with respect to the safety of children and the conduct alleged as proof that a parent is unfit to act as a custodial guardian.

Communication is the key to any relationship. However, sometimes it is not lack of communication that causes the is the inappropriate communication that can occur via web, e-mail, social network and internet. It is the communication that must be proven to be dangerous to the children; to damage a person's character so as to make them unfit; or otherwise prove that they are not who they report to be in a court of law.

Above and beyond the custody of children and/or proving allegations in divorce and of a person's character, it is necessary for a client to hire a firm that is well versed in electronic communications in connection with the transfer and hiding of assets and money. After September 11, 2001, our firm has become instrumental in handling dozens of cases involving wire transfers both nationally and internationally. Our firm has championed cases through the Supreme Court with expert testimony and competent evidence showing transfers from numbered accounts; Swiss bank accounts; Hong Kong branches and European banks. It is only through true experts and experienced attorneys that can allow a client to prove dissipation of funds or transfer of assets. The judiciary maintains a hard line (prove it) stance to all electronic communications, and in selecting the right attorney be sure the attorney has experience. Our attorneys are experienced in all matters of electronic communications; internet and evidentiary matters.

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