Nation's Top Divorce Lawyers Note Dramatic Rise in Electronic Evidence

E-mails are Primary Source with Wives Most Likely to Use Them

Feb 06, 2008, 00:00 ET from American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML)

    CHICAGO, Feb. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- A resounding 88% of the nation's top
 divorce attorneys say they have seen an increase in the number of cases
 using electronic data as evidence during the past five years, according to
 a recent survey of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML).
 E-mail takes the lead as the most commonly used form of technological
 evidence, with 82% citing it as the main source. Interestingly, the survey
 also reveals that wives are more likely to make use of electronic evidence
 than husbands.
     "As in all other areas of our lives, technology is having a big impact
 on the way that divorces are now conducted," said James Hennenhoefer,
 president of the AAML. "Many people still don't realize how much evidence
 can be gleaned from personal electronics ranging from computers to cell
 phones and GPS devices. In the Internet age, there is often a very clear
 trail that has been left behind and can be easily traced."
     In all, 82% of the AAML members who responded said that e-mail has
 become the most common form of electronic evidence during the past five
 years. Text/instant messaging and Internet browsing history tie for second
 with 7% each, while 1% of the respondents cite data taken from GPS systems.
     A gender difference also emerged between which spouse uses electronic
 evidence more often in divorce cases. In all, 27% of the members said that
 wives use electronic data more often during a divorce case while only 5%
 said husbands did.
     About AAML
     Founded in 1962, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) is
 committed to encouraging the study, improving the practice, elevating the
 standards, and advancing the cause of matrimonial law, in order to better
 protect the welfare of American families.
     Comprised of the top 1,600 matrimonial attorneys throughout the nation,
 members are recognized experts in the specialized areas of matrimonial law,
 including divorce, prenuptial agreements, legal separation, annulment,
 custody, property valuation and division, support, and the rights of
 unmarried couples.

SOURCE American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML)