You love your spouse, but are worried that they might be cheating on you. You feel suspicious, feel lost and want to find out the truth. For most people, this means they start digging through their emails, personal belongings and even following them. It can’t hurt right? They are your spouse after all, so what’s wrong?
The truth of the matter is that most equipment for spying, even on your spouse whom you suspect of cheating, is considered to be illegal for you to use. Something as simple as using a GPS for surveillance on a car can be considered illegal depending on who owns it (these are the tricky situations where it’s important to speak to someone who understands the laws).
Regardless of whether you’re tapping their phones, logging their keystrokes or just following them, there are laws in place to protect this. On a very fundamental level, this is called stalking and your spouse can sue you if things get ugly (and trust me, it does happen).
Any information gained by invading your spouse’s privacy would be inadmissible in a court hearing. So, even if you were trying to prove they cheated on you, any information that you discovered as a result of your “investigation” is inadmissible in a divorce proceeding.
If you were trying to prove that your spouse was an unfit parent in order to prevent them from gaining custody of your children, you’d be better off going the legal route and hiring a private investigating firm so that everything is done within the court of law. They can also help you present a strong case in court.
Private Investigators are legally allowed to do some of these things which makes their investigation much more efficient and accurate.
When I wrote this article, I didn’t want to explicitly say which parts of surveillance is legal and which are not, because there are so many exceptions that will change the rules. It’s important to be aware of them and therefore I would recommend you speak with someone before you do anything wrong.
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