How Growing Use of Social Media Has Changed Family Law Practice

February 11, 2016 – In The News
The Legal Intelligencer

Julia Swain was featured in The Legal Intelligencer article, “How Growing Use of Social Media Has Changed Family Law Practice.” Full text can be found in the February 11, 2016, issue, but a synopsis is below.

The growing use of digital platforms, mobile devices and social media have become effective tools for family law attorneys, causing many to reshape their practice and adjust advice offered to clients.

As individuals swarm to social media platforms to share personal information, many do not consider the repercussions that certain posts may have in court.

"It's remarkable to me how some people still will post things online whether its Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, and not be cautious about the content and how that can be used against you," said Fox Rothschild’s Julia Swain.

Swain also added that she has been using email evidence in family court for about a decade, and text communication for about four or five years. Twitter and Instagram evidence is newer to the family courtroom, she said.

Some family law practices are adapting to the ever-evolving technology landscape by hiring young talent, while others are ensuring that attorneys are up to speed with all of the latest digital platform innovations.

"I will tell you that senior family lawyers may not have as great a fluency when it comes to electronically stored data, or any type of social networks. But you would be surprised at how some of them do," Swain said. "I think there's a presumption that anyone we hire will have a working knowledge of Internet use, social media use, electronic communication use."

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