Ask a Divorce Lawyer: Is it illegal for a person to hack into their wife’s computer to investigate an affair?

Question:Cordell & Cordell attorney Andrea Miller

Is it illegal for a person to put spyware and/or hack into their wife’s computer to investigate an affair?

 

Answer:

The answer to your dad’s divorce question is yes.  Putting spyware and/or hacking your wife’s computer is a criminal offense and is punishable by law.  You can find this federal law in the United States Code Service, which is available online. It is commonly referred to as the Wiretap Act.

There are legal ways to get the information that you desire, through the channels of discovery.  In discovery, you can ask for this dad’s divorce information and, by law, she is required to disclose if any such information exists.

It is important to ask questions from a professional before making any decisions during a dad’s divorce.  You may worsen your position by making hasty decisions.

Andrea Miller is a Staff Attorney in the Charlotte, N.C., office of Cordell & Cordell, P.C., where she practices domestic relations exclusively. Ms. Miller is licensed in the state of North Carolina. Ms. Miller received her undergraduate degree in History and her Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  While in law school, she on the Client Counseling Team for Moot Court and became a board member. Ms. Miller also participated in UNC’s Legal Assistance Clinic whereby she helped represent indigent clients obtain legal counsel primarily in the area of domestic relations.

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