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Email Addresses May Say More Than You Think (Or Want)

Paule, Camazine & Blumenthal, P.C. posted in Family Law on Wednesday, January 18, 2017.

By Allison Schreiber Lee

Bagthehag@dmail.com. Dumpthedrunk@tepidmail.com. What does your email address convey about your divorce? It may say more than you want. When you are in the middle of a custody battle, for example, and you need to communicate with the Guardian Ad Litem (or “GAL”) who is the attorney representing the best interest of the children, having an email address that signifies your disdain for your soon-to-be-ex may work against you. The court and the GAL are looking to see whether parents can get along in a divorce and, if not, is one parent more responsible for the turmoil between the parties than the other.

While the courts and attorneys understand that divorce is difficult, when custody is at issue, everyone is concerned about the well-being of the children. In fact, the judge is tasked with determining what is in the “best interest of the child.” Parents who are able to at least tolerate each other for the sake of their children are in a better position to litigate the divorce than those parents who use the children as pawns to get back at each other.

Be careful about what you put in writing and be careful what you say. Writing or yelling something in the heat of the moment that can come back to haunt you in a divorce is never a good feeling. It’s the same with setting up your email address; using lingo in your email to convey an emotion is often a bad idea. Courteous and cordial behavior will serve you better in the end.

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Allison Schreiber Lee

Allison Schreiber Lee is a seasoned trial attorney and has been lead counsel in more than 40 jury trials. In 2011, Ms. Schreiber Lee was co-lead counsel in one of the longest jury trials in the history of the City of St. Louis. Ms. Lee has also tried more than 100 non-jury trials to verdict, including representation in divorce and modification hearings.