Divorce

Divorce Evidence: Smart Phones Increasingly Used As Source (VIDEO)

Forget hiring a private investigator for your divorce case -- the best piece of evidence may be sitting in your pocket.

According to a study by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), 92 percent of lawyers surveyed said smart phones are increasingly being used for evidence in divorce cases; 94 percent said they've seen an increase in the use of text messages specifically.

"As smart phones and text messaging become main sources of communication during the course of each day, there will inevitably be more and more evidence that an estranged spouse can collect," AAML president Ken Altshuler said in a statement. "Text messages can be particularly powerful forms of evidence during a divorce case, because they are written records of someone’s thoughts, actions and intentions."

A similar AAML survey from 2010 found that activity on social media sites like Facebook is also overwhelmingly being used as evidence in divorce proceedings. Eighty-one percent of lawyers surveyed in February 2010 said that social media sites are playing a more prominent role in divorce court.

Watch the video above to learn more about the survey.