Technology playing a role in divorce

On behalf of Jarrell, Hicks & Waldman, PC posted in Divorce on Tuesday, February 28, 2012.

If you are going through a contentious divorce, you may want to change all of your passwords on your computer accounts so that your ex can't access your private information during the divorce proceeding.

In a recent case involving a Tennessee man, he found out that his soon-to-be- ex was intercepting and altering his email messages. She had installed snooping software on his computer and was intercepting his emails hoping to gain an edge in their divorce proceedings.

This case illustrates how much technology is playing a part in divorce proceedings. With the advent of social media, many couples who are going through a divorce are snooping on Facebook, computers, smartphones, etc. to find out what their counterpart is up to, even if it could be illegal to do so. The technology is sometimes ahead of the law and there is a lot of gray area for potential court battles.

As this type of information is being used in divorce proceedings more and more, judges are often required to sort out what can be used in the proceeding and what must be thrown out. Many states have established wiretapping laws, originally created to govern the recording of phone conversations, in the hopes of preventing this type of action, but these cases are rare.

Most attorneys advise their clients to change all of their passwords so that there is a clear line of what is separate. Some feel that if these passwords aren't changed, you may open yourself up to future problems with your divorce proceedings.

If you are going through a divorce you should protect yourself from potential snooping by changing all of your passwords. If you do suspect that information is being used against you, there are companies that can check if your laptop or smartphone has any suspicious software on it.

Divorce can be emotionally and financially complex and only the advice of a family law attorney can help you navigate through these complex issues. Creating the life you want after divorce is what an attorney can provide for you.

Source:, "In Divorce Wars Cyber-Snoops Often Cross Legal Lines," Derry London, Feb. 23, 2012

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