Is liking a Facebook post violating a protective order?

My friend is going through a separation, divorce is being filed. He liked his

Asked on March 2, 2016 under Criminal Law, Utah


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

It depends on the exact terms of the order, but if the order prohibited any communication, for example, between them, then "lliking" her post is a form of communication: she receives a notice about his reaction to her post. Therefore, this would be a violation of the order. Similarly, if all "contact" without limitations is barred, then this would have been a violation: he contacted via Facebook to express an opinion about her post. Your friend should "defriend" his wife and not communicate with her at all, except through attorneys and in court.

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