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.
Domestic Abuse can occur in the homes of good people when emotions run high. Some people believe that the Rhode Island Family Court will not issue a RIl Restraining Order unless a person has been struck or been subject to the threat of immediate physically harm. On June 16, 2014, the RI Supreme Court clarified that physical harm or an immediate threat of physical harm is not the only requirement to obtain protection from the court.