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Obtaining illegal information can backfire in divorce

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Couples in Texas and throughout the nation can sometimes play dirty when going through a divorce. Such is the case for an out-of-state woman who was caught using computer spyware during a divorce from her ex-husband. She now has a judgment against her, requiring her to pay damages. Although a Texas divorce often won't end up so acrimonious, sometimes things can spiral out of control due to the emotions involved.

The woman is accused of violating wiretapping laws and has been ordered to pay her ex-husband $20,000 in damages. The ruling also stated the woman altered their existing prenuptial agreement as a way to gain leverage against her husband during the divorce. The man had filed a civil lawsuit against his ex-wife over this matter and the U.S. Magistrate claims the suit ended with airing much of the couple's dirty laundry.

Anytime someone is going through a Texas divorce, the potential exists for the matter to turn contentious. Attempting to work together can be best for all of the parties involved and can keep such matters from being settled inside of a courtroom. Yet resorting to dirty tactics might not only be illegal, but can also backfire in a big way.

A Texas divorce does not have to get so out of control, but unfortunately sometimes people use aggressive and potentially illegal methods in order to gain information to assist them during the process. While gathering information can help someone during a divorce, obtaining it using illegal methods can result in a spouse filing a civil lawsuit or in a loss of leverage during the divorce case. Using fair and legal methods can also keep a couple's personal business away from the public eye.

Source: SFGate, "Lawmaker's wife loses divorce ruling over spyware," July 26, 2012

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