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Divorce can tempt one to consider spying -- is it worth it?

When a person in Massachusetts becomes suspicious about the activities of their spouse, it might seem tempting to spy on them. Now it is easier than ever to check on a mate with technological advances such as miniature cameras, recording devices and software. When a couple is facing a divorce, some soon-to-be ex-spouses find the temptation to spy irresistible.

The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers has noted that nearly all of the divorces filed five years ago had at least some electronic evidence. This evidence may be admissible during a divorce proceeding and can include such social media websites as Facebook and Twitter. It is also common for text messages to be used in divorce matters, according to some officials. And now, personal spy equipment like hidden cameras is becoming the norm.

Once it was more likely for a person seeking a divorce to consider hiring a private detective to see what the other spouse was doing. The information gathered could be used in areas such as child custody or to discover money that was being hidden. Now the use of private investigators is being replaced with small electronic devices. These items can be an inexpensive alternative to a private investigator, often costing as little as $200 to $300 and readily available on the Internet.

When a couple in Massachusetts finds that they are headed for divorce, they may do well to consider what they say on the Internet or how they go about collecting evidence. By limiting social media , it can make it more difficult for the other spouse to spy. Oh the other hand, spying on a spouse can sometimes be illegal, so it may be wise to avoid it. In divorce it can be tempting to spy to learn what the other spouse is up to, but divorcing spouses may do well to use more conventional methods to get through a divorce.

Source: Houston Chronicle, "Spy gadgets infiltrate divorces as domestic snooping booms," Mike Tolson, April 29, 2012

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