How Technology Can Impact A Divorce
You might not think divorce and technology go together, but in our fast paced tech heavy world you can bet computers will become involved some how. Online Affairs, online bank transfers, and electronic harassment are just a few things that could go wrong in a divorce. Actions like these could be very relevant in child custody proceedings as well.
Critical data such as electronic documents, emails, photos, and website history can be recovered and evaluated in a divorce case. The character and behavior of a marital partner could potentially be established using browser history, instant messaging, and social media activity.
Technology can play a huge role in settling your issues. A forensic image of the hard drive can be created to minimize the cost of future forensic investigation. Sometimes the data obtained can set you up for an easy win. Since a forensic investigator doesn’t need to see the contents of a drive when making an image, in many jurisdictions there should be no problems caused by arguments of admissibility.
Forensic gathering of data to obtain an exact image of a hard drive copies each bit of data on the drive to another drive. This image will hold the information of the original drive. The image many even have information that was deleted that can be recovered by the forensic team. The forensic image will also have data that normal user don’t typically have access to.
Before employing the services of a forensic team, it is best to speak with a family law attorney to see if this is the right thing to do.. If you feel that assets are being hidden or other dirty deeds are being done, a forensic drive image can sometimes be taken for future use. In most jurisdictions, computers are considered joint property, so you may need a order from the court. Ask your attorney what steps need to be taken.
Once you have a forensic image of the data, an expert in data forensics can work to document and collect evidence. If child custody is an issue, data forensic investigators can be used to clear up suspicions. Computer forensics investigations aren’t to be done by unskilled IT people. Forensic investigation should only be done by accredited and certified individuals that are recognized as experts by the court system. Ultimately, your attorney should be used to advise you of exactly what to do. Now you know how technology can impact a divorce. Always hire a lawyer for legal advice even if it is dealing with technology.