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The role of wearable devices within divorce

Technology has truly changed the way that we live, and the pace of new technological advancements is nothing short of astounding. For many of us, the manner in which many of our wearable devices, such as smartphones and fitness bands, operate is not fully understood; we simply appreciate the value that these tools bring to our everyday lives. When it comes to matters of divorce, however, wearable devices can make a world of difference in the eventual outcome for Connecticut spouses who understand how to use tech tools to their own advantage.

What many spouses fail to realize is that wearable devices work in large part by gathering GPS data that pinpoints the user's exact location. This is how your phone can direct you to the nearest Thai restaurant, or pull up directions to your next destination. It is also how your Fitbit keeps track of your exercise throughout the day, and gives you the total distance covered in a given period of time. While these functions make many daily tasks easier to accomplish, they also provide a verifiable record of one's movements.

Spouses who want to keep tabs on their partners have access to a wealth of programs and apps designed to track the whereabouts of certain devices. Since so many of us keep our phones and fitness devices on our person at all times, it is easy to establish a digital record of when and where we are throughout each day. Programs such as Find My iPhone, Find My Friends and mSpy and innumerable keystroke and screen capture apps can give spouses all the proof needed to establish adultery or the concealment of assets.

For Connecticut spouses who believe that their spouse is not being completely honest about his or her actions, wearable devices can be an excellent resource in gaining a clearer picture. While not all information gleaned from these tools can be used in court, the information gathered can be very helpful in structuring a negotiation strategy or in gaining leverage within the divorce. The best way to proceed is to meet with a divorce attorney to discuss the best ways to put these technological advancements to use.

Source: medium.com, "Divorced by Data", Mary Pilon, June 24, 2015

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