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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.

Separate and Apart, Yet Together: When financially strapped couples opt not to file for divorce right away

As the economy plunged into a deep abyss in 2011, married couples came under financial strain. Intuitively, it would seem that divorce rates would increase due to the added stress. However, just the opposite was true. According to the CDC, divorce rates declined from 2008 to 2011. Many couples decided that they simply could not afford to get divorced. Some even continued to live together, but with the understanding that they were not committed to each other anymore. Now that the economy has somewhat recovered, and people are beginning to feel optimistic about their financial futures, some of these couples are finally filing for divorce.

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