Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Use of Electronic Evidence is on the Rise in Family Law Cases

According to a recent survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), nearly 90% of the nation's top divorce attorneys say that within the past five years, they have seen a dramatic increase in the use of electronic data as evidence in divorce and child custody cases. According to the survey, e-mail was the most common form of electronic evidence, followed closely behind with Text/Instant Messaging and evidence obtained from internet browsing history. The survey also noted the rise in data taken and used as evidence from Global Positioning Systems or Global Positioning Satellites (i.e., GPS). The survey noted a significant gender difference also emerged between which spouse uses electronic evidence during a divorce or child custody case. In short, 27% of the AAML members said that wives used electronic evidence more often during a divorce or child custody case, while only 5% of the husbands used electronic evidence.

Nation´s Top Divorce Lawyers Note Dramatic Rise in Electronic Evidence [FindLaw]

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