A prior post on this blog explored the use of social media to in custody cases. As the recent post by Mark Ashton, a Partner in our Exton office, points out social media to can have an even greater significance in the context of a protection from abuse order. His post, entitled “Posts on Social Media, Go to Jail – How a Facebook Post Violated a Court Order” discusses a recent Pennsylvania action in which a contempt order issued for violation of a protective order because the respondent posted a series of Facebook comments about the petitioner. Interestingly, the protective order specifically prohibited the respondent from posting anything about the petitioner on social media. Although I have not seen a similar restriction in a Delaware protective order, it is something to be aware of. Petitioners here may begin to request this type of protection in the future.
Leslie Spoltore is a Partner with the law firm Fox Rothschild LLP. Leslie practices in Fox Rothschild’s Wilmington, Delaware office. You can reach Leslie at (302) 622-4203, or email@example.com.