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Don’t Update the Status of Your Court Orders

Kevin Heinrichs

Written by: Kevin Heinrichs (View All Posts • View Bio) Published: April 14, 2014

Categorized: Family Court.

In a recent Florida case, a Facebook post ending up costing a Florida man $80,000.00.  In a nutshell, Patrick Snay was a party to a settlement which was subject to a non-disclosure component. Apparently, Mr. Snay told his daughter about the settlement, and she posted some details on Facebook. He was ultimately found in breach of the non-disclosure agreement and it ended up costing him $80,000.00.

Joseph Broadhurst of Henderson Heinrichs LLP recently delivered a talk to the Canadian Bar Association Vancouver Family Law subsection dealing with social media issues in family law.  One of the topics he discussed was court ordered disclosure of Facebook posts.  It will surprise many to learn that Facebook privacy settings will not prevent the Court from prying into their accounts under certain circumstances.  The Court can and has ordered individuals to provide pictures from private sections of their Facebook profiles.  The lesson here is do not post about your court proceedings on Facebook under any circumstances.  Doing so could have serious negative consequences.

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