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11. Electronic Information


Over the course of the last few years, we have seen a tremendous change in how information is gathered, stored and disseminated. As individuals, we have access to technology that was only dreamed of a few short years ago.
Computers, cell phones, recording devices, GPS tracking systems, and spyware is available to us all. Many individuals even have access to chat rooms, in addition to e-mail, voice mail, texting, photographs and videos on their cell phones.
Many people never retain paper and keep all their files in an electronic format. Protecting yourself and your documents is paramount in the divorce process.
The use of the technology that is now available changes how we analyze problems, resolve situations and communicate.
Information can be stored and retrieved by the person who created it or by someone else. The laws in each state are specific and unique to electronic information. It is important that you talk to your attorney about how you conduct yourself and how you use electronic information. There is no simple answer. It is imperative that you discuss with your attorney how you personally handle storage of information, what information you may have retrieved from another person and what information may have been retrieved from your personal storage containment.

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