July 21, 2009

Text Messages as Evidence

Wired Magazine printed a short article on the use of text messages in divorce cases. The article is on page 28 of the August 2009 Issue. 

The articles quotes Gabriel Cheong, a Boston divorce lawyer as follows:  “In most states, the conduct of the parties during marriage is determinative of property division in a divorce.”  That is not a correct statement with regard to Oregon Law.  In Oregon, the conduct of the parties does not affect asset division, with the exception of a party hiding or wasting assets.  Where text messages can be valuable is in parenting time or custody proceedings.  In the past letters would be used as evidence against a party.  As we move further forward with technology Facebook wall writing and text messaging are starting to be used in trials.  The lesson of this story is to be careful with your texts.