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How Smartphones and Social Media Are Fueling Divorce Cases

If you’ve ever been stuck in the middle of a divorce, or had the misfortune of witnessing one, then you know firsthand that things can get messy really quickly.  With the prominence of technology in today’s society, it is no wonder that people have “gone to the mattresses” (as they say in the mafia) armed with smartphones carrying abundant amounts of damaging data.

Interesting facts about divorce and social media

The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (did you even know that there was one?) has noted a significant rise in the number of divorce cases that make use of damning text messages and Facebook posts, all pulled from a smartphone of some sort.

Additional compelling data:

  • The word “Facebook” is now used in 33% of divorce filings, making the social media giant one of the most obvious ways to track down a spouse that is stepping out.
  • Text messages account for 62% of the information presented in divorce court or mediation
  • 23% of information presented in divorce cases is found in revealing emails
  • 13% of evidence presented in divorce cases is provided through your call history.

Interestingly, based on these numbers, GPS location and mobile web searches still aren’t as prevalent as we may think although they can prove to be key sources of information in certain cases.

Related information:

  • Learn more about infidelity investigations – click here
  • Learn more about cell phone forensics – click here

The goal of collecting data from social media or smartphones

Private investigators are mostly looking for signs of infidelity in these types of cheating spouse cases.  People find comfort and privacy in their personal smartphone, but this information is anything but safe and/or secure.  Illicit text messages sent to a mistress or Facebook messages to an old high school flame that implies adultery can all be used to leverage a case in court.

The written word is incredibly powerful, because it can be interpreted in a number of different ways.  It is indicative of the thoughts and intentions of the other party and can even give you a history of where they were at any given point in time.  A text message that simply reads as “meet me at the corner of 3rd and main” sent at a certain time can help prove that your wife wasn’t in fact at work, but was meeting up with someone instead.

Are you going through a divorce?  Do you need to employ the assistance of the industry experts at Prudential Associates?  We specialize in computer forensics, investigative and legal support services as well as a wide range of surveillance options to help you get your desired outcome and protect you in a court battle.