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Social Media and Domestic Violence Restraining Orders

Family Code section 6320 describes the basis for the issuance of domestic violence restraining orders (DVRO's) against a current spouse or domestic partner, former spouse or domestic partner, family member, cohabitant, boyfriend or girlfriend, former boyfriend or girlfriend, fiancé or former fiancé, or someone with whom the victim shares one or more children. A new version of Family Code section 6320 became operative on July 1, 2014, which includes certain new forms of harassment that have become more prevalent in the age of social media. Now that just about everyone is on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or some other kind of social media network, the California Legislature has recognized that these digital platforms can be used for legitimate domestic violence harassment.

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