Due to the proliferation of digital profiles and activity in recent years, cyberbully and spying are unfortunately common throughout family law cases. These behaviors can be exhausting to deal with, frustrating, and even have an outcome on the case. If you are experiencing cyberbullying during your Massachusetts divorce, reach out to our experienced family law attorney at The Law Office of Heather M. Ward today. 

What Is Cyberbullying and How Does it Affect Divorce?

Cyberbullying is the act of engaging in bullying actions using online platforms. For example, a cyberbully may use social media platforms, email, or other forms of online communication to harass, intimidate, or cause emotional harm to another. Examples of the use of cyberbully in a divorce case include:

  • Posting factual details about the divorce case online in an effort to humiliate or embarrass your ex
  • Asking friends, family, or others to post about the other person online
  • Spreading rumors or false statements about the other party online—these might be specific to the divorce case, such as allegations of child or substance abuse
  • Posting “revenge” photos or pornography online, which may be illegal
  • Using social media to create a fake online profile to harass, stalk, or spread false information about the other party

In addition to the above activities, the internet can also be used to stalk or illegally record/monitor the other party during a divorce case. 

How Can Parties in a Divorce Confront Cyberbullying?

If you are experiencing cyberbullying in a divorce, it’s important to act quickly to confront the problem head-on. Not only can cyberbullying be draining and intimidating, it could have an impact on your divorce case. For example, if your spouse posts something false online, it could potentially be used against you during the case. 

If just talking to your ex doesn’t alleviate the issue, it may be worth involving a lawyer. 

What’s the Role of a Divorce Lawyer?

An attorney can help you to understand your options in the eyes of the law. This can include seeking a restraining order. An abuse prevention order can be used to:

  • Prohibit your ex from using electronic communication devices to contact you
  • Prohibit your ex from contacting your children or others in your family
  • Prohibit the abusive party/cyberbully from contacting you/approaching you at work, your home, your child’s school, etc. 

An attorney can also help you to understand how to combat misinformation in the divorce case, as well as negotiate your divorce settlement. 

Call Heather M. Ward Today

Being a victim of cyberbullying can be extremely stressful, and make a contentious divorce case even more awful to go through. At the Law Office of Heather M. Ward, our experienced family law and divorce attorney will protect your rights during your divorce case. If you are a victim of cyberbullying, harassment, or stalking, we’ll work to make sure you understand your legal options. Call today at (617) 903-8955.