As a proactive family law firm, we chose to build this infographic to help divorcing couples understand the risks they take in posting status updates, photographs and videos,” said Managing Partner Aaron Dishon.
Los Angeles, Calif. (PRWEB) April 03, 2012
Dishon & Block, a prominent Southern California family law firm, formally released today an infographic titled How Family Law Attorneys Use Social Media Evidence in Court Cases. The infographic reveals why divorcing couples and parents in custody conflicts need to be aware of how social networking on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and the like may affect their court proceedings. Online profiles, posts, conversations, photographs and videos may provide attorneys with “smoking gun” evidence.
California divorce attorneys Dishon & Block’s infographic uses publicly available information to illustrate an emerging trend regarding attorneys using social media sites to gather facts for divorce proceedings and other legal cases. With 65 percent of adults using social media and 89 percent of those under 30 using social media, the Internet is the go-to place to assemble incriminating information. Social media posts provide who, what, where, why, and when evidence to substantiate an attorney’s divorce or custody case for their client.
With over 845 million Facebook users, posting on average, 70 pieces of content per month, individuals are busy sharing their: contact information, network of friends, conversations, locations, daily routines, interests, photographs and videos.
The infographic highlights how social media pages reveal:
- an individual’s state of mind
- validation and corroboration of communication
- proof of time and place
- evidence of actions
In addition to data and statistics, the educational Dishon & Block infographic cites actual legal cases identifying court rulings that affect the collection and use of social media evidence i.e. Zimmerman V. Weis Markets, Inc., No. CV091535 2011 PA. Dist. & City, Dec. Lexis 187. The May 19, 2011 ruling covers the fact that divorce parties can be ordered to turn over passwords, usernames, and logins for social networking sites.
“As a proactive family law firm, we chose to build this infographic to help divorcing couples understand the risks they take in posting status updates, photographs and videos,” said Managing Partner Aaron Dishon. “With the advancement in technology and modernizing of laws, the information you share online may be used as evidence against you. Likewise if your counsel is tech-savvy in using social media evidence, it may work in your favor to support your case.”
Click here to view the infographic on How Family Law Attorneys Use Social Media Evidence in Court Cases.
About Dishon & Block
Founded in 1996 Dishon & Block is a Southern California family law firm serving Orange County and Los Angeles with offices in Century City and Irvine. In 2011 OC Metro Magazine rated Aaron Dishon as one of the top family law attorneys in the region. Experienced in complex divorces for high net worth individuals, Dishon & Block represents business executives, celebrities, professional athletes and others in complicated dissolutions. The firm is certified by the California Board of Legal Specialization and specializes in divorce, mediation, same-sex relationships, registered domestic partnerships, child custody, property division, paternity, guardianship, end spousal support, post-divorce litigation, prenuptial and post-marital agreements. For more information call (877) 615-6620 or visit the Dishon & Block website at http://www.cadivorce.com.