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smartphone divorceCouples are getting divorced over excessive smartphone or computer usage (addiction to Facebook could end your marriage). Other husbands and wives are agreeing to a social media prenup to try to prevent Twitter and its ilk from pervading their union. And in many divorce cases, the digital trail plays a major role in the divorce settlement. So, naturally, apps that were initially meant for good – keeping track of your child’s movements after school, for example – are being used for (sometimes) evil, allowing people the option of trailing the spouse they fear is cheating on them or lying to them.

Think Logically Before You Act on an App

The problem with apps that track your spouse is that some of the information you gather from them may not be legally admissible in court should you attempt to reference this evidence as proof of infidelity. That hasn’t stopped the especially distraught spouse from attempting to validate their concerns by employing underhanded methods to get proof of the cheating that they suspect has infiltrated their marriage.

GPS tracking apps like Find My Kids show you when pre-set “fences” have been crossed in real-time, but the catch with this app and its buddies, like Find My Friends, is that your partner has to have the app installed on his or her phone for the exchange of information to work accurately. The more devious spouses might attempt to install this app on their significant other’s phone without their knowledge, but that method is, of course, ill-advised.

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No-Fault Doesn’t Really Mean No One Is to Blame

Here’s the deal: If you really need to know where your spouse is, if you can’t function without confirmation of infidelity, then contact a lawyer who can connect you with a sanctioned private investigator if necessary. A great deal of smartphone activity is admissible in court, which means that anything your alleged cheating spouse is doing on their phone – with or without your knowledge – can be uncovered. Even texts that have been erased or calls that have been made and the log then deleted can be recovered. There are phone bills with records of text messages and phone calls. “Smartphone divorces” are more and more common because we live so much of our lives through these devices and, legally, they have become critical to fair divorce settlements.

While Michigan is a no-fault divorce state, that doesn’t mean fault doesn’t come into play. If infidelity is at the root of your split, your spouse’s inappropriate behavior within the marriage could impact child custody, parenting time, spousal support, and any and all elements of your divorce settlement. And, give yourself a break: Your divorce team will take the reins when it comes to tracking down smartphone data for evidence purposes.

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Be Kind to Yourself During Your Divorce: Don’t Stalk

Don’t be discouraged if your hopes of tracking your spouse’s behavior through an app have been dashed. If you must satisfy your curiosity or your need for information, the internet is out there for the world to see. If your partner has any social media accounts, evidence of infidelities may appear there. And, if not on their own carefully monitored sites, then on their friends’ Instagram, Facebook, or its cronies. Social media posts and status updates are date-stamped and time-stamped and often include a location. Even if your spouse says he or she is at Point A, a social media photo can prove they’re at Point X instead.

It’s been proven that social media usage decreases marriage quality, and we can guarantee that stalking your spouse to catch them in a lie will negatively impact your quality of life. So while you can drive yourself crazy trying to be stealthy about monitoring your spouse’s whereabouts, if you’re at the point where you’re already doubting their trustworthiness, is it even worth your time to do this type of sleuthing? Perhaps the investment of time and resources into trailing your spouse’s activities and whereabouts would be better spent on yourself, or in simply pursuing the divorce that may just be inevitable. Contact Femminineo Attorneys in Mt. Clemens, MI, to schedule your no-cost initial interview today.

 

What makes us the right divorce attorneys for you?

Family Law Expertise

Most lawyers are in a general practice and do some of everything. One of our main focuses is on Family law and being expert at divorce, custody and support matters.

Strong Relationships

We are in court daily, working with the family court judges, their staff and clerks, the Friend of the Court office, the Bar Association and other attorneys working in this area. We pride ourselves on fighting hard for our clients while working well with everyone.

Experience

Our extensive experience and strong relationship with the courts and our peers leads many judges and attorneys to hire us to act as Mediators in other Family Law cases. Make no mistake; having a strong working relationship with the court can have a massive impact on your case. Unlike most attorneys, we have no fear of the court room and are in trial regularly against the best in the business. We see the judges every week and maintain strong ties with their staff.

We Care

Although every attorney can “handle” your case, Femminineo Attorneys cares about you and your family. We work extremely hard to keep this difficult process civil and to shelter your children from as much of the negative facets as possible.

Commitment

Once your case is concluded, we will be there to help you with any post-judgment problems that may arise.

Flexibility

Everyone’s financial situation is different and we work with our clients to formulate a fee arrangement that works within your means.

Effectiveness

We have handled every possible situation involving domestic law. We will do everything possible to wrap up your case in a timely manner, avoiding delays that cause unnecessary legal fees.

Tenacity

When your case cannot be easily solved, we will fight hard and use all of our resources to win. Unlike most attorneys, we have no fear of the court room and we regularly win cases against the best in the business at trial.

Expert Staff

Unlike many attorneys who have a part-time typist and work 30 hours a week, we have an expert staff available all day long to assist you and provide immediate service.

Personal Service

At Femminineo Attorneys, your case will be handled by an experienced family law attorney. Each of our attorneys in our family law division has many years of experience in handling family law matters.

We encourage you to see these differences for yourself and call today to speak with one of our partners or schedule a free consultation at our office.

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