Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Monday, July 29, 2019

How the Internet has Impacted the Procedural Practice of Family Law

From: New Jersey Law journal 

    The practice of law is constantly evolving to keep up with changes in technology. The past decade has witnessed the onset of E-Filing, reliance upon e-mail and text messages as     primary modes of communication, and the influential realm of social media. As family law practitioners, we must be cognizant of the benefits while exercising caution in navigating the     limitations associated with these platforms.

    Long Arm Jurisdiction and Service of Process

    Social media has become a useful tool in locating old friends and keeping in touch with family members residing around the world. It can also be helpful in finding an otherwise absent     party in a matrimonial matter. While our Court Rules do not explicitly permit serving a complaint on an unavailable litigant via social media, our case law has allowed this method of     substituted service.

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