Texting has become ubiquitous. I text often but mostly when I need to communicate something quick and timely: "OMW! order without me." I often recommend to clients to text their spouse, former spouse, or child's other parent when they are running late for an exchange or when you cannot reach the kids for an evening phone call.
But litigants embroiled in high-stress family law actions send more than just "running late" texts. In temporary protective orders, respondents will continue to harass the petitioning party. Or the petitioner will invite the responding party over to their house contradicting their in-court statements that they are fearful of the respondent. Sometimes, parents in a custody action exchange nasty text messages between each other regarding the quality of their parenting.
Invariably, text messages end up as evidence in much of our litigation. We often use it not only for content but also to establish timelines. But when I ask clients to email me the text messages, they are often puzzled. In today's post we are linking to websites which illustrate how to to do a screen capture (a photo of your screen) so that you can email your attorney these text messages.
Below you will find directions on how to take a screen capture on popular phone models. Note that some of these links do not come from the manufacturer but from other websites and blogs. If you don't find your phone model in our list, you can search for the brand and model of your phone along with the text "screen capture".
When capturing long text message conversations, ensure that every subsequent screen shot captures the last two or so lines of the prior screen capture. This will make it clear to a judge or jury that you captured all of the conversation and not only the part that suited you.
In our next post, we will explain how to organize the screen captures to send to your attorney.