Text messages and information collected from social media apps like Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat have become popular evidence in divorce cases, according to a recent survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
Ninety-seven percent of family law attorneys who responded to the survey said they’ve seen an increase in divorce case evidence that comes from Smartphone apps, social media, and texting in recent years. Lawyers estimated that text messages made up 46 percent of the evidence increase; emails made up 30 percent and phone numbers or call histories were up 12 percent. The rest came from phone apps – not just those for social media. Apps like Find My iPhone, which locates the device, have also come up in divorce cases.
Smartphone’s have made it much easier for spouses locked in a contentious battle over financial assets or custody to gather evidence of potential wrongdoing. Almost all phones have GPS tracking devices, and many people leave their GPS activated to navigate or operate apps like Uber and Lyft, or the popular “check-in” social media app Foursquare. Even those who don’t regularly use their phone’s location tools use their phones to connect with others. The phone always knows where you are and what you’re doing.
If you’re concerned that your Smartphone use might come back to haunt you during a divorce, talk to an attorney. At the Law Offices of Paul A. Boronow, PC our experienced Long Island divorce lawyers strive to understand each client’s specific situation, so we can help you build the future you deserve.
Contact us today to learn more. You can reach us at (516) 227-5353.