Potential Legal Dangers of Spying on Your Spouse During a Virginia Divorce

Posted on Jan 12, 2011 by Hofheimer Family Law

January 11, 2011 – A recent story from Michigan that is making the rounds on various news sites has shown us that if you’re thinking of doing some detective work to gather information about your spouse during your Virginia divorce, you should consider the possible consequences.

According to a story on CBSNews.com, Michigan resident Leon Walker signed into his wife Clara’s email account and found evidence of the affair he’d been suspecting. He also found himself in a world of legal trouble after he was charged with “felony computer misuse” for reading his ex-wife’s email and sharing some of the information he found therein.

Computer misuse charges are usually related to identity theft or business and trade hacking, so it’s unclear how far these charges will go in this case, considering it involves the tricky issue of privacy between spouses, according to a piece on HuffingtonPost.com.

Regardless of how things turn out for Mr. Walker, anyone who is considering divorce should rethink their methods of gathering personal information about a spouse.

As technology enables more and more people to access sensitive information about others, the law has no choice but to step up privacy protection measures.

In order to avoid any allegations or charges of computer misuse, stalking, or another crime that could be detrimental to your Virginia divorce case, talk to your divorce attorney about safe, effective and legally sound ways to gather necessary information that is needed for your case.

Contacting a Virginia Divorce Attorney

At this vulnerable time, it’s critical that you have exceptional legal representation that not only understands the specifics of your case, but is dedicated to your best interests and that of your family.

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