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If you are involved in a New Hampshire divorce or child custody matter, you may want to protect your Facebook and other social networking sites. A 2010 survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) found that four out of five lawyers reported an increasing number of divorce cases citing evidence taken from social networking sites, with Facebook being the leader. According to the AAML, an overwhelming 81% of the nation’s top divorce attorneys say they have seen an increase in the number of cases using social networking evidence over the past five years.

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Although you may believe access to your social networking posts is limited to your friends, those friends may not have the same level of protection, leaving the private aspects of your life open to scrutiny. Where you go, what you do and who you are with may all be used against you by your estranged spouse to gain an advantage in your NH Divorce. Photographs and posts from social networking sites, including those posted by friends on their own pages, may become evidence in your New Hampshire divorce or child custody proceedings. Marlene Eskind Moses, president of the AAML, notes that the openness and sharing of social networking sites left their users’ public and private lives more exposed. The World Wide Web offers many wonderful opportunities but may also present pit-falls in your future legal needs.

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The New Hampshire Supreme Court recently upheld a lower family court ruling requiring the daughter of divorced parents to attend public school per her father’s wishes, according to an article in The Nashua Telegraph. The order goes against the wishes of the girl’s mother, who has been homeschooling her daughter with a Christianity-based curriculum and wanted to continue doing so.

The Supreme Court noted that courts are reluctant to make decisions for families, such as where a child should attend school, and that courts are not equipped to say which type of schooling is best for every child. However, the court noted, when a child’s parents cannot agree on the best type of schooling for the child, the New Hampshire courts may step in to ensure that the child’s best interests come first.

The Supreme Court ruling upholds the decision of Laconia Family Court Marital Master Michael Garner, who ruled last year that full-time public school attendance was in the daughter’s best interests in this case. The Court recognized that both parents have an equal right to make decisions about their daughter’s schooling under New Hampshire law. Since the marital master’s decision did not violate either parent’s rights, according to the Supreme Court, it was allowed to stand.