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Digital spyware and tracking a gray area in divorce

Nothing is more infuriating than finding out that your spouse, who claimed he'd be home by 9 p.m., is out drinking at 3:00 a.m., hours later. Over time, broken promises and concerns about your relationship could lead to a divorce, and situations like the above could be evidence toward proving that your spouse made some serious mistakes.

Whether you think your husband or wife is cheating on you or you believe he or she is stalking you, there has never been a better, or easier, time to find out. Thanks to smartphones and technology, tracking your spouse is simple. Simply attach a GPS tracker to your spouse's vehicle or connect to his or her phone.

Is it legal? It depends on the circumstances. If you and your spouse share a vehicle, it may be completely legal to install a GPS tracker with or without his or her knowledge. If you share a laptop or phone, it may be legal to install software to track the item's whereabouts.

The problem with technology is that the laws just haven't caught up. Digital spying has changed the landscape of divorce, allowing spouses to stalk and track their partners. Individuals might use them to prove their worse fears or to stalk and harass their spouses after a separation. Unfortunately, tracking falls into a gray area in many instances, and this puts some people in danger.

While collecting evidence for your divorce is necessary, spyware and digital tracking may not be the best way to do it. Speak with your attorney if you're looking for ways to collect evidence; staying on the right side of the law is important to your case.

Source: NPR, "I Know Where You've Been: Digital Spying And Divorce In The Smartphone Age," Aarti Shahani, Jan. 04, 2018

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