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New technology inspires James Bond style divorce

If you think your spouse has been lying to you, you may have considered how to uncover the truth. Now new gadgets and devices are giving suspect spouses new opportunities and affordable "spy toys" for use before, during, and even after divorce. Spying technology that was once a high-cost endeavor for government agencies and private investigators is now easier, accessible, and more affordable in Arizona and nationwide.

GPS tracking devices, recording equipment, cell phones and personal computers make spying tempting, especially for couples in the middle of a tumultuous divorce. Just look on Google, where cheap spy gadgets can be found and purchased at minimal costs. Online, you can find teddy-bear cameras with built-in digital recorders, pens with recording equipment, and coat-button lenses. Another popular item is the GPS tracking device, which can be attached and hidden beneath a vehicle.

While emotions can run high, aggrieved spouses do not realize that this kind of independent investigating can be illegal. In a recent lawsuit, a man is alleging his wife of violating a federal wiretap law after she recorded conversations with his son, his attorneys, therapists, and other family members. Whether or not an individual act was in violation of the law depends on if there are expectations of privacy.

If you are facing divorce and considering these high-tech devices, keep in mind that it probably isn't worth it. Remember than any information you obtain illegally won't be beneficial in a divorce. In the worst case scenario, you could wind up paying additional fines or damages to a spouse. It is best to remain calm, ask direct questions, and pursue your divorce with dignity.

If you have discovered that your privacy has been invaded, you may be able to pursue a civil lawsuit against a spouse who has illegally planted a recording or tracking device.

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

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