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The role that data plays within today's divorce

For spouses who suspect that their partner may be less than forthcoming about his or her activities, a wealth of information is available. Because so many of us are never without our smartphones or wearable fitness devices, highly sophisticated tracking software is available to virtually anyone who wishes to harness the power that technology has to offer. A wide range of apps exist that can use GPS data to pinpoint an individual's whereabouts, and many of these tools can come in handy in the event of a Florida divorce.

For spouses who believe that their partner is cheating but want to gain proof, tracking software can give an accurate view of where an individual is at any time of day or night. The same technology that allows us to find the nearest pizza parlor and the cheapest gas prices within a mile of our current location can also be used to map out our movements within any given period of time. Even more powerful are keystroke and screen grab programs, which can create a record of each and every action that is conducted on a smartphone, tablet or computer.

Not all of the data gathered from these types of tools can be used in court. However, the information gained from digital surveillance can be critical in structuring an advantageous negotiation approach. In some cases, these resources can also help uncover the existence of hidden assets, which can be a game-changer during a high asset divorce.

For those in Florida who would like to learn more about the application of technology within divorce, the best course of action is a consultation with a divorce attorney. During this meeting, spouses can learn the legalities involved in using these types of applications, as well as the best means of harnessing the power that lies in the electronic devices that we use each and every day. Taking a proactive stance in electronic monitoring is important, as the highest quality of information is gathered while the subject is unaware that he or she is being watched.

Source:, "Divorced by Data", Mary Pilon, June 24, 2015

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