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Technology can be used to spy on spouses during divorce

It's no secret that divorcing spouses will often go to great lengths to get the upper hand in the process of ending their marriage. In the digital age, there are a multitude of gadgets and devices that can assist spouses who are trying to track the comings and goings of their partner. Understanding the legality of this approach is important and can help Colorado spouses avoid an unfavorable outcome in divorce court. 

Some people install GPS trackers on their spouse's vehicle to find out where they go. Others place spyware on their computers to track their online activities. It's even possible to use tracking software on a cell phone to find out exactly what someone has been up to. 

These types of tools are often used to get to the bottom of concerns about infidelity. However, some spouses also think that the information collected from these efforts can help them gain an upper hand in the divorce. In reality, there are laws against these types of surveillance, and individuals who use these tools to gain information could end up with nothing to show for it but criminal charges. 

In many cases, information collected illegally cannot be used as evidence in court. In fact, many attorneys won't even accept such information out of concern that they could be drawn into accusations of wiretapping. For Colorado spouses who are unsure where the legal lines are drawn when it comes to these types of technology, the best way to proceed is to discuss the matter with a divorce attorney and heed the advice received by that professional. 

Source:, "I Know Where You've Been: Digital Spying And Divorce In The Smartphone Age", Aarti Shahani, Jan. 4, 2018

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