We live in a technologically advanced time. It seems as if everything in our lives is interconnected. From our smartphones, we can control every aspect of our homes, including the lighting, temperature, locks and even the blinds! While this technology brings us so much good, can it also come back to hurt us? Can a smart home hurt your divorce case?
Getting divorced is never easy. Building a life with someone, only to watch it crumble, can take a steep emotional and physical toll. Many people seeking legal advice concerning smart devices and divorce proceedings wonder if the evidence they are able to acquire is admissible in family court. Often, the answer is yes. Even in instances where the information gathered may not be used directly in court – such as with some recordings – they may still be used and considered by both legal counselors, any court-assigned therapists, or other family experts who may have a say in the court’s determinations.
Smart Homes and Evidence
Here are a few examples of how smart devices in the home can hurt (or help) a divorce case in Florida:
If a spouse believes that their partner is cheating on them, a smart home may help them gather evidence to prove their case. A conversation between a cheating partner and another person, for example, may be picked up on a recording device. Or, perhaps they were caught on the home’s interior security cameras with someone else when they claimed they were elsewhere.
In the case of accusations of domestic violence or abuse, a smart home can play a pivotal role in providing evidence of abuse. Beyond simply recording proof of violence, once the victim is out of the home, smart devices can prove if an abusive ex is still harassing their former spouse. The devices can also show who is logging in to home security systems to show if an ex is monitoring you when you are at home. Or, perhaps they are switching on and off smart lights, or altering the thermostat to make your life miserable. These are all pieces of evidence which can influence a divorce case.
Contact an Experienced Divorce Attorney Today
Today’s world is fast-paced – and so is the advancement of technology. While technology races towards the future, the law needs some time to catch up. As a result, the legal status of smart home devices in a court of law is difficult to ascertain. As such, you should always consult with an experienced Florida divorce attorney regarding any particular questions you may have regarding technology and divorce.
So, if you are considering divorce, you need to contact an experienced attorney right away. As contested divorces can be difficult situations to navigate, you need an attorney who knows how to get you the results you want and need. Patrick Cordero has extensive experience in all facets of law, including family and financial law. Call The Law Offices of Patrick L. Cordero for a free consultation today at (305) 445-4855.