A Conflict of Interest: iPhones & Your Divorce
iPhones are incredible technological devices that allow you to maintainsocial relationships and navigate the inconveniences of daily life. Yourphone even has the ability to sync up to any other Apple product in yourhome, allowing you to consolidate information and easily keep your day-to-dayappointments. So what role does your iPhone play in your divorce?
Here are some phone-related divorce rules you may already know:
- Don’t send cruel text messages to your ex (texts can be used against you!)
- Don’t record your spouse without their knowledge (this is illegal!)
- Be patient when separating your shared cell phone plan (this can be a long-drawn-outchallenge!)
Many people don’t consider how much access their spouse has to theirprivate information and personal data. A former spouse may be able tospy on their ex by accessing their phone or laptop. If you share an iCloudaccount or Apple ID with your spouse, they may have full access to allyour appointments, photos, and emails without you knowing—this includesemails to and from your legal team!
If your ex snoops and discovers you’re seeing someone, it could makeyour divorce infinitely more difficult. Illinois is a “no fault”state, which means evidence of adultery—or perceived adultery—can’tbe used against a spouse in court. However, thereare consequences when it comes to “dissipation.” A spouse hasthe option of filing a notice of intent to claim dissipation if they canprove their ex spent marital funds on a paramour. The court may forcethe spouse in question to add those funds back into the collective assetsthat are being divided. A bitter ex may also refuse to make any concessionsthat could benefit their former spouse during divorce proceedings.
Seek Legal Representation
Divorce isn’t easy, but we can simplify the legal process! ContactWakenight & Associates P.C. if you require divorce representation.Our compassionatedivorce lawyers offer bilingual legal counsel and are experienced courtroom negotiators.
We have offices in Elmhurst, Mokena, Oak Park, and Joliet! Contact our divorce attorneysat any of our convenient locations to schedule your free consultation.