Spying On A Spouse

 Spying On A Spouse

Very often a spouse wants to spy on the other spouse for evidence of adultery, hidden assets, drug use, or for other information that might confirm suspicious behavior.  Whether divorced or thinking of divorcing, spying is an issue that can have serious implications.

Spying can cover a wide range of activities. It may include something as simple as viewing private email messages, searching a phone for texts messages, looking up social media accounts, or digging through web search history.  Or it may include technologically advanced spying activities like attaching a GPS to a spouse’s car or installing keystroke software on a spouse’s computer.

Be careful, because some of these actions may be illegal and not all of the information collected is admissible in court or relevant to your case. For instance, information on adultery is almost never relevant to a divorce or custody matter, but information on marital waste or drug use could provide an edge in a divorce or custody action.

Reviewing text messages or web history is legal if the computer or phone is not password protected. Hacking into a social media account, installing key stroke software, installing a GPS device, or hiding a recording device may violate privacy laws.

An Arizona man discovered that his wife had sewn a recording device into his pants during his divorce proceeding. Conversations between the man and his attorney and his therapist were recorded. The wife was charged with violating federal laws.  In another incident, a man who claims he guessed the password to his wife’s Gmail account was criminally charged.

If you’re concerned about  your spouse’s mysterious behavior, financial activity, or possible romantic involvment, speak with a lawyer first.  A competent divorce or custody attorney can help you decide if spying would be legal and would yield valuable evidence.