Articles Tagged with technology

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Venn Crawford, non-attorney Marketing Assistant

Looking for a new way to organize or connect? Here are some of the best apps for families.

Apps for Organization

Stridepost – This family managing app features chore lists, allowance trackers, and a family calendar, all of which sync across devices so that the whole family’s on the same page. Parents can add tasks to a child’s to-do list, which the child then receives points for completing. At the end of the week, kids get their “payday” and collect the points, which are redeemable for rewards. Both parents and kids can add rewards. Both kids and parents can add events to the shared family calendar, and family members can keep each other updated using the built-in family chat. (For parents: iOS, Android; for kids: iOS, Android)

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Dear Carolyn,

My ex is all over Facebook about what she did with the kids during Spring Break. She apparently took some young woman with her to babysit so she could spend more time with her boyfriend on the Florida beach. She posted my little boy “buck naked” on the beach on Facebook. She posted her “babysitter—young woman” drinking beer with at least a dozen empty beer cans in the background. She posted a picture of her boyfriend and her entwined on the beach on a blanket. And to top it all off, she posted a picture of her new engagement ring from him, and we are not even divorced. I have filed for custody of the two children. She wants alimony. Are the pictures I downloaded from Facebook admissible? Can I make her remove the nude picture of my son as I am worried about perverts? Do these Facebook pictures help me in my quest for custody and no spousal support? I am frustrated with the whole process.

Dear Frustrated,

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Dear Readers,

Internet addiction is here and is real! I would like to hear from you on this topic. Do you know that a Kaiser Family Foundation study showed that two-thirds of parents have no rules on internet use, particularly internet use unrelated to homework and research? Today’s second Ask Carolyn continues a discussion of this topic.

Dear Carolyn,

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Venn Crawford, non-attorney Marketing Assistant

Divorce and its aftermath can be (and usually are) chaotic. Having kids and keeping track of all their things was tough enough, and now you have to coordinate your parenting with someone you may not even want to talk to, much less strategize with. And on top of it all, you have to manage everything on your own. Talk about a trial by fire.

Luckily for you, there’s an app for that. Or several. These apps can’t do it all for you, but they can make things easier.

SquareHub (Free)

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Dear Carolyn,

I am a mother with primary custody of a nine-year-old daughter. The father has visitation. For Christmas, he bought our daughter a smartphone for Christmas, but he did not discuss this with me. He had spyware on the smartphone that allowed him to see her opening the Christmas present.  I thought that he disengaged the spyware after she opened the present, but I just found out that the spyware is still engaged on my daughter’s phone. This smartphone allows him to track everywhere we go.  He told our daughter to be sure to keep the phone with her, particularly when she is with Mommy. His spying makes me feel eerie. We are divorced, so why does he want to know where I am? What should I do?

Carolyn Answers…

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By Tina Ray, Legal Assistant, Woodruff Family Law GroupTina

“Mom, can I have the iPad?” “Dad, can I play on your phone?”  How many times a day do you hear that?  If you have kids, you’ve probably heard those exact words.  My grandson loves to come home with me.  Why? To play games on my phone. As you can imagine, I really feel loved.  Don’t get me wrong, when you’re having a conversation with someone, or driving, it can be very helpful to have the cell phone or iPad babysitter.  But, sometimes parents and grandparents let it go too far.

Kids are kids. They are people that need exposure to….get this…. Nature.  Fresh Air. Other kids!  Some children would play on phones and iPads all day long and not come up for air unless the battery died.  They do learn some things from these games, but not everything they need to know.  Interaction with other humans is VERY important to their mental and physical growth.

Whether you use a Droid or Apple based product, there are many categories of games available for download. Just a few are; Family Games, Puzzles, Racing, Adventure, Action and Sports Games.  These games will often show you a rating and a description to allow you to decide if this is appropriate for your child.  However, once kids begin playing, sometimes these games will prompt for an upgrade or payment to continue playing or add a new gun or car to enhance play.  You will need to make sure that your phone or iPad is set not to allow any type of payment without your input.  Of course, your kid may get a little upset about this, but they will move past it as kids do.

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By Carolyn J. Woodruff, JD, CPA, CVA—North Carolina Family Law Specialist

CarolynOne of my favorite stars is Gwen Stefani. She manages a life of motherhood, career with celebrity status, and fashion.  And, now she has just completed a divorce with her thirteen-year marriage to Gavin Rossdale, which produced Apollo (almost two); Kingston (age 9) and Zuma (age 7).  Rumors swirl that Gavin had an affair with the nanny, and Gwen apparently found nude photos of the nanny and plans for Gavin and the nanny to meet for sex—all found on the family iPad. The information on the family iPad yielded an abrupt end to this marriage.  Gavin had naughty behavior that uploaded from his iPhone to the cloud and downloaded to the linked family iPad.

Yes, this unintentional spying could happen in the North Carolina divorce. Why?  The iCloud (or any cloud), iPad, iPhone and other electronic devices are everywhere, and they link to each other.  While perhaps we all know this, we are trusting, I believe or maybe simply not observant.   There is the substantial risk that the children could see the naughty electronic evidence.

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By Carolyn J. Woodruff, JD, CPA, CVACarolyn 

There are lots of times many Piedmont Triad and other North Carolinians wish that they could put a GPS tracking device on an ex’s car.  Maybe you want to know who the “other woman” or “other man” is.  Maybe you want to see what the father or mother of your child is doing.  Maybe you want to see if your ex is going to strip clubs.  Whatever your reason or mindset, North Carolina has recently enacted new legislation you need to know, and you need to know now!!!

The North Carolina legislature has enacted amendments to North Carolina General Statutes Section 14-196.3 on the crime of cyberstalking.  The definition of Cyberstalking now includes electronic tracking devices (GPS). The electronic device may be the type that is hardwired into a car or attached to the car with a battery powering the GPS.   It is now unlawful in North Carolina to attach a GPS advice to another person’s vehicle except in certain situations, which should be VERY CAREFULLY EVALUATED.  After this new statute, you have to be very careful.

The North Carolina Business Court on October 5, 2015, issued a brilliant opinion regarding the GPS cyberstalking issue.  HSG, LLC v. Edge-Works Manuf. Co, 205 NCBC 87.  In HSG, one defendant claimed HSG “meddled with his personal vehicle by attaching a GPS tracking device to it.”   The HSG well-written opinion essentially indicates that the attaching of the GPS was not the Tort of Invasion of Privacy, something divorce attorneys have long worried about regarding the use of GPS devices in divorce cases.

However, effective December 1, 2015, NCGS 14-196.3 clarifies the GPS issue for all of us.  Use of a GPS outside the bounds of this amended statute is cyberstalking and rises to the level of a Class 2 misdemeanor for offenses committed after December 1, 2015.

There are several notable exceptions:

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1.     Change your email address and password when you begin your family law case. Change your computer and cell phone, if possible. Electronic devices, computers, and cell phones can be serious “leaks” of information and strategy in your case.

 

Email trespass is probably the leading “technology” problem in family law cases. You will probably exchange many strategic emails with your family law attorney, and what a shame if all of your strategy is uncovered by your ex-spouse from accessing your email.

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