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Technology: Changing Family Law Forever

Technology rules the world, plain and simple. Technology has its hand in everything in today’s day and age. It was only a matter of time before new laws were drawn up and integrated into the new and rapid growth of electronics and technology in the world. Divorce rates continue to grow in the U.S, just as the laws do. So it should be no surprise that new laws and regulations are being put into effect when it comes to matters concerning family law and divorce. With the changing times and new inventions popping up every 5 seconds, sometimes the law isn’t always able to catch up, however its doing a darn good job of trying.

Gadgets and Gizmos
Technological advances are an everyday occurrence it seems. There’s always something developed by someone that makes our lives better, speeds up how we do something now, and brings joy to us. However, technology has slowly become an aid in a cause that may or may not make us happy.

Let me explain.

Technology has changed how spouses, suspicious of their partners cheating, have sought out the truth. In 2010, a man was convicted of stalking his wife after installing spying software on her cellphone and placing a tracking device in her car. He spent 30 days in jail. Divorce lawyers are increasingly seeing cases involving surveillance creating a new challenge for family law. Now, although these cases vary depending on the circumstances, you simply cannot deny that technology is now being factored into divorce and changing the way in which grounds for divorce are both discovered and stated on documentation.  Never before have family law courts had to deal with cases such as these; until now.

Changing Divorce Laws Forever
Techniques once accessible only to governments or corporations are now trickling down to daily use. It’s part of a broader transformation of modern privacy in which every realm of peoples lives is now accessible. Home, friendships, intimacy, and more can be exposed for examination without knowledge or consent.

All together, at least five of the 13 U.S. circuit courts have found that the Federal Wiretap Act does prohibit surveillance within marriages. But at least two have ruled that the law doesn’t prohibit recording your spouse. This war will forever be waged until a common ground can be decided upon. Devices such as spy cams, recorders, GPS’, and other devices specifically installed in places to catch a spouse “in the act” are perfectly legal to purchase, and the laws on how they are used to violate privacy laws vary greatly depending on the state of the infraction and the way in which its used.

These things are great; having proof of infidelity to uphold grounds of a dissolution of marriage is good, but where does the line get drawn? What’s spying and an invasion of privacy and what is good, legal detective work? The face of divorce is changing drastically due to the advances in technology. You be the judge of whether those changes are for good or for bad.

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