Will Text Apps Transform Divorce?

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As mobile cellphone use, especially smartphones, continues to increase so does the use of apps.  There are thousands of apps for Apple and Android products, but there is only one type of app that could revolutionize divorce: disappearing text apps.

Just imagine it, the unscrupulous text messages and pictures an unfaithful spouse might send can disappear in an instant and never seen again. These apps allow users to send messages that disappear into cyber space with no record of ever being sent.

If you’re at all familiar with family law or divorce, you’ll understand how detrimental these apps could be for making a case against an unfaithful spouse. Texts, email, social media, and photographs provide essential evidence to prove a case.  If this information disappears, so can your divorce case.

Let’s say you’re attempting to gain custody of your children and must make a case against your spouse for their behavior, which demonstrates an inability to properly care for young children such as excessive drinking or partying.  If your spouse has primarily used these special apps to send pictures and texts on drunken nights, the amount of evidence you have against them dwindles.

What are these “special apps” anyway?  Well, the technical term is “ephemeral technology” which means that the content sent using them does not last long before it’s deleted. This technology is meant to protect a user’s privacy and reduce their digital footprint but, when it comes to divorce, it can lead to more conflict.

An article from the Huffington Post describes a few of these apps in detail, and how they’re changing divorce.  The effect of these apps is so horrifying, in the damage that they could do to a marriage or a custody battle is so horrifying, that I am choosing not to name any of the apps that were discussed.

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About Julie Clark

Julie M. Clark graduated from the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law. She has been practicing law in Riverside County since February of 1992. Julie Clark's Google+ Profile

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