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December 2014 Archives

The Impact of Bringing Sean Home

In 2009, David Goldman returned to the United States with his son, Sean, following a multi-year international custody fight. The two discuss their lives following the reunion and how the ordeal impacted them: http://m.today.com/news/david-sean-goldman-talk-family-future-5-years-after-their-1D80385661

Pause Before You Post to Facebook and Other Social Media

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court heard arguments in a case centered on a man's threatening posts to Facebook. Anthony Elonis was convicted of violating a federal law that forbids making interstate threats after he posted several threatening and often graphic posts to his Facebook account about harming his wife, a class of kindergartners, and a female FBI agent.

Broken Engagement? Return the Ring

A recent case out of the Loudoun County Circuit Court examined whether a women must return the engagement ring given to her by her now ex-fiancé after she broke off their engagement. The Court looked at § 8.01-220 of the Virginia Code (the Heart Balm Act) which prevents lawsuits for breach of the promise to marry. Although some courts view this Act as prohibiting the return of property given on the condition of marriage, the Loudoun Circuit Court disagreed. The court found engagement rings are conditional gifts and the condition is satisfied if and only if the parties marry. In this case, since that condition was never met, the woman was ordered to return the wedding ring. Peter v. Langley (Horne) No. 89241, Nov. 6, 2014; Loudoun County Cir. Ct. VLW 01-8-103, 4 pp.

Are You Being Stalked?

On November 20, 2014, WJLA Washington, DC reported on the dangers of spy stalker technology. In a divorce case, it is important to be aware of technology that may being used to track your whereabouts, your phone calls, your emails and your text messages. There are inexpensive and sometimes free apps available on most smart phones that allow for users to track his/her spouse or significant other. For example, there is the "Find iPhone" app which can be used to locate all Apple devices on a family network. While such an app may be helpful in locating the phone or iPad your teen or spouse has misplaced, or finding out if your teen is where she says she is, such apps may also be misused to stalk and track one's spouse. In addition, although such technology may be helpful in revealing a cheating spouse, the use of these apps and software may be illegal. If you believe you are being stalked or tracked through the use of such technology, you should consider disconnecting your phone from the family plan, disabling tracking options on your device, having your device scanned and reviewed by a forensic computer expert, and/or obtaining a new phone. If you are considering using such technology to obtain evidence of a cheating spouse, you should first speak with an attorney.

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