Pennsylvania Family Law and Divorce
Lisa Marie Vari & Associates, P.C.

Posts tagged "Social Media and the law"

Pokemon GONO?!?! Could a Smart Phone Application Lead to the Break Up of a Marriage in Pittsburgh?

Like much of the rest of the United States, our Pittsburgh office has been dominated by talk of the sensational, Pokemon Go App, which has become more popular than apps such as Tinder and Twitter in recent days. Reports have been flying around the internet about this app's social benefits including the fact that it makes people more social and physically fit because it makes them get out of the house and travel around their local area trying to catch them all.

Navigating the Social Media Jungle During Family Law Litigation

Recent psychotherapist, Dr. Ian Kerner, an expert couples counselor caused a stir by suggesting that couples "unfriend" each other on social media sites including Facebook in order to encourage face-to-face communication and maintain a sense of "mystery" in the relationship. This suggestion is contrasted with the therapists who argue that not only should couples be "friends" and follow each other on social media, but that they should go as far as to share a social media account. The argument here is that if she shares an Instagram account with me, she couldn't possibly be private messaging someone else, keeping secrets or engaging in an illicit affair via Twitter direct messaging (because that's what Ashley Madison is for). Regardless of the arguments on both sides, at the end of the day, despite their best efforts, couples do split up, and with custody, divorce, support, and property division cases pending, often family law litigants are left to wonder what to do with their social media now that their relationship has ended.