It has always been the case, of course, that a bit of personal decorum and caution is advised for individuals whose personal lives are on display before a court in a divorce or other family law matter.
That is, you don’t want an Arkansas judge looking at a recent snapshot of you partying with friends in the Bahamas while you’re arguing that you’re broke and can’t pay child support.
Understandably, soon-to-be former spouses and already divorced parties appearing in court on a family law matter want to be squeaky clean in every way possible.
Candidly, that used to be more easily achieved. Nowadays high-tech devices and online platforms allow for clandestine snooping and otherwise easy opportunities to furtively monitor another party’s activities.
Many of our readers across Arkansas likely remember well yesteryear’s standard crime dramas on television. Those often featured evidence of wrongdoing uncovered by methodical private investigators doing decidedly low-tech sleuthing.
Such dramas arguably seem laughable now. Discovering evidence of a former partner/parent’s long-denied drug habit no longer requires a telephoto lens wielded by a hired investigator sitting across the street from an open hotel window. These days, rather, a judge can materially alter an existing court order based on a personal entry or photo in a Facebook account.
The point is that the private lives of people these days are, well, not so private. Moreover, it has become far easier to track an individual’s behaviors and movements through progressively tweaked mobile technologies and other means than has ever been the case before.
That new reality has stunning family law implications, which we will address in our next blog post.