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Divorce & Electronic Exposure

Almost everyone now understands that their postings on Facebook, Snap Chat, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Instagram (and in all Social Media Sites and platforms) may be unearthed in a divorce proceeding. Pictures and comments may haunt someone in a divorce proceeding. I had a male client, whose girlfriend posted a Facebook picture of her new large diamond ring on the afternoon that the divorce was heard. On the next day, my client's spouse called her attorney about the picture and I received a call from the wife's attorney asking what money my client had hidden in order to buy the ring. Luckily, he had the receipt that he had charged the entire amount of the ring. Clearly, this demonstrates the problems caused by a careless Facebook post.

People should be reminded that the same caution must be taken with Dating Sites, Email accounts, and all devices capable of taking pictures, videos and audios that you use or are simply set up in your home or office. These devices include the Nest or other home security systems, Ring, video equipment, audio equipment, nanny cams, remotely controlled ThermoStat devises and smart home security systems.

Domestic abusers may use these new electronic devices. If I wanted to harass my spouse, I could shut off the air conditioner on a 90-degree day or lower the heat on a cold evening using the Nest App on my iPhone. Someone can remotely control lights and music from a phone app to harass a person in the home.

Advocates representing victims of domestic abused should ask courts to order that the abuser give the abused all of the information to change all passwords or to dismantle the electronic systems in the house that can harass the victim. The restraining order should preclude the abuser from accessing home security systems and utility systems.

Recently, it was reported that Israeli spyware was used for more than a year, secretly turning the smartphones of dissidents at home or rivals abroad into surveillance devices. Just imagine if a spouse were to do that! Clearly it would be illegal in Rhode Island, but in doing so, the devious spouse could obtain an incredible amount of information.

Facing a divorce?  Preparing for Divorce? Change all passwords on telephones, computers, app's, social media. Stop GPS locations on all Facebook postings, on your smart phone,

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