Family law matters are always emotionally-charged, and tempers can get the best of anyone. To err is human, but impressions are key when you’re dealing with contested matters involving divorce, child custody, etc. This is why, today, we want to remind everyone that what you say over text, email, the internet, or any other form of communication matters in every type of family law case in CA.
For this post, we’re going over a few ground rules to run by before you decide to hit send, whether sending a text to the ex, making a social media post, uploading a video online, and more. Keep these tips in mind as you navigate all your legal matters relating to divorce, child custody and more.
Would You Say it in Court?
This is a simple rule to follow. Simply ask yourself: would you say it in court? Texts, emails, social media posts, and other content on the internet is forever. This means it can be easily admitted into the courtroom as evidence. Can sending this message or uploading this post give a bad impression to the court?
It’s an important question to ask yourself, particularly when things get heated and emotions run amok. Avoid sending anything that could be considered a threat, verbal abuse, and just about anything that could potentially impact your custody/divorce arrangement.
Refusal to Respond Carries Consequences
On the other hand, there are cases where not responding or acknowledging the other person can give an unfavorable impression of you to the court and lead to potential penalties. This is mostly the case with co-parenting and custody arrangements.
In some cases, when a person asks the ex an important question involving the custody arrangements, the needs of the child, or any other related matter, the other person needs to give a response within a reasonable time frame. If the other person refuses to respond, a judge could enact an order where a lack of response automatically becomes a yes to whatever the other person requested (within reason).
This is why parents need to stay on top of all custody arrangement issues and always remain attentive to the other parent’s requests while ensuring that communications remain civil and respectful.
Getting Help From an Experienced CA Divorce Attorney
We hope this post gave you some insight into electronic communication etiquette with the ex, especially when divorce proceedings are on the table. If you want to learn more about this or any other matter relating to divorce or child custody in CA, remember that we at R & S Law Group are a quick call away.
Schedule a free initial consultation at your earliest convenience by giving us a call at (949) 825-5245.