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02/11/15


Divorce in the digital age: What’s on your smart phone?

By: Monica Garcia Harms

Media Type: Alert

In the digital age, electronically stored data can be crucial in a divorce case. A deceptive spouse should beware that most of this information can’t hide when a spouse seeking to uncover it connects with the right divorce attorney. E-discovery obtained during a divorce can reveal in someone’s own words what they would never otherwise divulge.

Some common pitfalls exposed during a divorce include:

  • Photo or location tags showing spouses in places they hadn’t disclosed;
  • A paper trail for the moving and/or hiding of assets;
  • Unsavory social media posts or comments; and, most commonly,
  • Communications that reveal the cheating spouse.

Hit the send/post/tweet button and even your most private messages have the potential to be broadcast to the world around you. While using smart phone technology is an integral part of modern day communication, if you are contemplating divorce, it is essential to retain a lawyer who understands how to navigate the e-discovery process and how any information uncovered can be used.


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