I can't find much precedent for a court telling someone they must post Facebook apologies.
It seems like a very light punishment. Copy and paste has come a long way. Perhaps judges don't know that.
However, Mark Byron of Cincinnati, Ohio, was told to post a daily Facebook apology to his wife, after he had previously written such things as: "If you are an evil, vindictive woman who wants to ruin your husband's life and take your son's father away from him completely -- all you need to do is say you're scared of … Read more
I have been a best man at five weddings, but have never myself managed to be a ring-slipper.
However, I understand the need for one human being to permanently attach themselves to another. Even if that attachment is virtual.
So I find virtual tears coursing down my virtual cheeks as I receive information that there is a problem with virtual marriages.
The game-makers (and matchmakers) at online-game site Nexon tell me that of the 26,982 in-game marriages that have joyously occurred in a game called MapleStory, 20,344 have ended in divorce.
Because I happen never to have played MapleStory, nor indeed even wondered what it is, I am grateful to Nexon for offering me correspondence with respect to the details of the world's next great social plight.
"I was young, naive, and thought I had met 'the one'," declared one player from Vancouver. "She asked me what I wanted in MapleStory for my birthday, and I told her that the only thing I could ever want was for her to marry me."
I feel virtual sniffles coming on. My shirt is becoming virtually damp. What could have possibly gone wrong?
Tyler--for that is the Vancouveran warrior's name--continued: "She started saying that I wasn't the person she fell in love with. That I had changed, and that I didn't seem to care about her anymore."
So far, so not very virtual. This sounded like an everyday occurrence in our venal little world. Spouses change their minds. Spouses feel insecure. Spouses decide you aren't "the one" any more. But wait, there was more.… Read more
I understand that when married couples decide they don't like each other any more, they sometimes opt for extreme feelings and gestures.
No wife, though, has perhaps expressed herself in quite as socially networked way as Angela Voelkert.
Voelkert, according to court records obtained by the Smoking Gun, decided to use Facebook to see if she could find out what was really in her husband's mind.
She created a Facebook profile for a superficially attention-grabbing teenage girl called Jessica Studebaker. Her first step was for her creation to friend her estranged husband. Her next step was to persuade … Read more
Cell phone companies exist to bring people together, but sometimes things go awry.
Such was the alleged case of Gabrielle Nagy and cell phone provider Rogers of Canada. The Toronto Star tells of a difficult and troubling situation that had led to Nagy falling out with Rogers to such a degree that she is suing the company.
Three years ago, Nagy reportedly maintained a Rogers cell phone account which carried her maiden name. Her husband enjoyed a cable TV account with Rogers and called to add a landline and internet service.
Rogers, it is alleged, decided that here was a … Read more
I have often wondered if being a divorce lawyer makes you feel better about humanity or worse. Perhaps it merely keeps you in intimate contact with all the pitfalls of relationships on a daily, even hourly, basis.
Still, whose heart could possibly lose so much as a throb on hearing that almost one in five divorces in the UK are fueled by Facebook?
No, it's not that Facebook's employees are so irresistible that anyone who comes into contact with them, even in the UK, immediately leaves their spouse. Rather, it seems that the constant lack of trust in … Read more
Editors' note: Some readers have pointed out that the Sun's story appears to have been debunked.
Further update 1.58pm PST: The Times of London quoted an esteemed lawyer a couple of days ago who related the broad facts as being true.
He didn't even say he was working late. No, no. He said he was away on business.
However, his wife, bathing in uncontrollable suspicion, decided to do the only thing she could. She dialed up the local detective agency. Yes, Google Street View.
This free program's user interface is an eyesore, and that's putting it mildly. Not only that, but the so-called divorce information it claims to offer is a sham.
Divorce Resources has an extremely garish user interface. Bright, harsh colors, and oversized buttons take over most of the window. A banner with animated text resides at the top of the window, and gave us a headache just looking at it. We tried to perform a ZIP code search for divorce and family attorneys using the program's search functionality, but the program was unable to deliver any results, even … Read more
Look, I've had enough of these stories too. But at the same time, I'm drawn to them like a rubbernecker observing an overturned circus truck.
Emma Brady, a 35-year-old Englishwoman, discovered that her husband, Neil, was leaving her when she read his updated Facebook status: "Neil Brady has ended his marriage to Emma Brady."
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Mrs. Brady tried to take a sanguine view of this most public of dumpings: "What upset me the most was not the fact that Neil had written he had ended his marriage, but the comment from … Read more