Thinking about posting about your Family Court Proceedings on the web?
This includes Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and any other social media platform out there on that big old wild frontier known as the internet.
A place where these days misplaced “courage” and anger seems to know no bounds.
Section 121 of the Family Law Act prohibits the publication of details relating to Family Court Proceedings where that publication identifies the parties or other details set out below.
Consequences for breaching Section 121 of the Family Law Act can include a term of imprisonment and you don’y want to end up there by being a “keyboard warrior”.
Section 121 (1) of the Family Law Act 1975 states that:-
A person who publishes in a newspaper or periodical publication, by radio broadcast or television or by other electronic means (think social media) , or otherwise disseminates to the public or to a section of the public by any means, any account of any proceedings, or of any part of any proceedings, under this Act that identifies:-
- A party to the proceedings;
- A person who is related to, or associated with, a party to the proceedings, or is alleged to be, in any other way concerned in the matter to which the proceedings relate; or
- A witness in the proceedings;
commits an offence punishable, upon conviction, by imprisonment for a period not exceeding one year.
The above makes it very important for anyone thinking of posting something about their Family Court Proceedings or just having a rant, to seriously think carefully about what they are posting before doing it.
The message here is clear, just remember that whilst being involved in Family Court Proceedings can, more often than not, be very stressful and at times frustrating, the likes of Facebook and other social media platforms are not the place to air those frustrations and or your anger at the system.
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