An interesting article out of Tennessee highlights something our Mesa family law attorneys have been seeing right here in Arizona: the effect of new technology on divorce. As social media, online communication, and smartphones become commonplace, it is easier than ever to obtain information about your spouse during divorce proceedings. However, although some of the evidence obtained through email or sites like Facebook could be helpful to your case, there is still a lot of gray area in the law regarding the legality of obtaining this information and using it against your spouse during divorce proceedings.
If your spouse knows your passwords, uses snooping software, or has access to your email or smartphone, then that information could end up in court and affect your divorce settlement. Even information obtained legally through public posts on social media sites could wind up as evidence against you. Evidence of cheating and financial misconduct are among the most common accusations garnered from this type of digital information.
If you are going through a divorce in Mesa, we recommend that you change all of your passwords and avoid posting anything to social media sites about your divorce proceedings. If you are concerned about snooping software and similar tactics, there are services that will check your computer for these items and help you remove them.
Our Mesa divorce lawyers would be happy to meet with you to answer any questions you may have about email and social media evidence in your divorce case. For more information, see our free book Arizona Family Law – How to Handle Tough Issues in Tough Times.