What's the best way to print out text messages?

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What's the best way to print out text messages?

Unread postby fatherinGA » Mon Sep 16, 2013 4:26 pm

I've got a court case coming up and the other side is asking for all text messages between me and my kids. I don't know why, there is nothing bad (really only helps my case), but I need to comply with the request. It would be both SMS and from an app called Kik. Thanks.
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Re: What's the best way to print out text messages?

Unread postby JumbleDone » Mon Sep 16, 2013 4:34 pm

You've requested the same in discovery, right?

I would print one text a page, no particular order, and let them put it together. Actually, I withdraw that. They have access to the kids' phones, they can pull the messages themselves.
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Re: What's the best way to print out text messages?

Unread postby Trevor » Mon Sep 16, 2013 4:55 pm

I am guessing it is undue hardship to produce this. It requires technological know how, perhaps software, and frankly, doesn't seem relevant.

I don't keep my text messages, periodically purging them. I have saved some sweet ones from the kids, but when upgrading phones or iOS, I have lost some of them. Personally, I'd ignore such requests and tell the court you have no idea how to do that.

They can't likely subpoena your phone unless it's a criminal investigation.
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Re: What's the best way to print out text messages?

Unread postby JumbleDone » Mon Sep 16, 2013 4:57 pm

I wouldn't claim undue hardship, just that they already have access to the kid's phones. They can get the texts from there, since you've already deleted most of yours, right?
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Re: What's the best way to print out text messages?

Unread postby fatherinGA » Mon Sep 16, 2013 5:45 pm

I'm worried about pissing the court off. I guess I can demand the same of them in discovery/deposition.
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Re: What's the best way to print out text messages?

Unread postby Trevor » Mon Sep 16, 2013 8:23 pm

Sorry, but not knowing how to print texts, or having cleared them from your phone, are both plausible and quite reasonable. Especially if your judge is an old fart. "I have a new phone, your honor, and none of the old texts are on it. I donated my old phone to a program for the elderly who need a way to reach their doctors."

How could they get pissed about that? People regularly purge their phones, in order to make room for more pics or additional apps (for the kids). You're making more of this than is necessary.
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Re: What's the best way to print out text messages?

Unread postby fatherinGA » Tue Sep 17, 2013 7:24 am

Trevor wrote:You're making more of this than is necessary.


As I said, I just don't want to <urine> off the court.

So the consensus is that I shouldn't worry about printing off the text messages? I fail to see how it's relevant to the case.
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Re: What's the best way to print out text messages?

Unread postby Max » Tue Sep 17, 2013 7:47 am

The court isn't likely to care. It's as simple as "I don't have any texts saved. I purge them randomly for space. If I did, I don't know how to print that mess for you. Here's my phone. I have nothing to hide." If they give grief, "Doesn't the other party already have the info on the children's phones?" "Oh, they deleted the messages as well?" It's a common sense thing.
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Re: What's the best way to print out text messages?

Unread postby ActiveDAD » Tue Sep 17, 2013 9:53 am

I've used a couple of texts against NJ recently... on the iphone at least, you can view a text and take a screenshot by pressing the home and power buttons. It will save to your photo's which can then be emailed, etc. If anyone has a better method, I'd certainly like to hear it...
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Re: What's the best way to print out text messages?

Unread postby a dad » Tue Sep 17, 2013 11:35 am

Tons of people have had to factory reset their cell when it becomes unresponsive, which would clear all texts. Even just dropping your phone can lead to replacing it and losing all old texts. It's incredibly common to lose texts.

Use google voice. The texts are never primarily stored on a fragile losable device. Not to mention they are easily searchable, printable and accessible.
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