San Jose Divorce Attorney comments on new study by American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
With e-mail and text messaging becoming the preferred method of communication, couples going through a divorce should be warned about the ramifications of what they communicate via such methods. According to USA Today, a new survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers say that they’ve seen an increase in the number of divorce cases using electronic data as evidence during the past five years. Such evidence is being used to accomplish a variety of things, including catching cheating spouses and discovering hidden assets. In cases where one spouse has had complete control of the finances, electronic data has proven to be particularly useful. Not only are divorce attorneys scouring e-mail accounts, they are also looking to at online communication networks such as Facebook and MySpace for information.
Lawyers have found that although people tend to be careful about written information, however, they do not treat electronic data the same way. Moreover, several companies also now market software to spy on their spouses’ computer use, and secretly accessing a spouse’s e-mail account is not uncommon. A new survey conducted by Google indicates tat 27% of women, and 21% of men have admitted that they have “snooped” on someone else’s e-mail. Although discovery of electronic data is not likely to lead to an increase in divorce rates, it is certainly now a source of information which needs to be scrutinized.
If you or someone you know is going through a divorce, the team of family law attorneys at Sagaria Law, P.C. may be able to assist you. We handle all aspects of family law and divorce including property division, support, and child custody matters. We have offices in Santa Clara County, Alameda County, and Monterey County, and handle cases through the Bay Area. Contact our office to schedule a free thirty minute consultation with one of our attorneys today.