Current statistics reveal that approximately 47% of Millennials already have smart devices in their homes. With the introduction of smart technology, there have been a number of features introduced into our lives that greatly help us perform a number of tasks. While smart technology helps people do things like change the channel on a television and play music, the technology also monitors what we do, what we say, and where we are located.
Many smart devices are only activated upon receiving a wake word, at which point the devices record data that is stored remotely and can later be reviewed. In several noteworthy recent cases, the question of whether data stored on smart devices can be used in a court of law has been considered. While these issues remain largely unresolved, this information has the potential to play a substantial role in future family law cases.
The Potential Use of Smart Devices in Divorce Cases
There are a number of potential uses that smart devices could have in future divorce cases. For example, details about an unfaithful spouse could be captured on smart technology. Other times, details about a spouse’s actions could be recorded on a smart home device. In other situations, smart devices could be used by an abuser to monitor the location of a victim.
Even if evidence about an unfaithful spouse from a smart device cannot be directly used in a court of law, it is still possible that these details could be part of opinions included in expert testimonies in divorce case.
Smart Homes and Family Law
No matter the exact role that smart devices end up playing in family law cases, it is critical following a divorce to take some important steps to reclaim your home. Some of the steps that a person should take to gain security of smart devices at a home following a divorce include:
- Perform an examination of your home after a divorce to determine if there are any smart home devices running that you forgot about.
- Change usernames and passwords for any smart devices as well as any shared accounts and your router.
- After updating any smart devices in your home, it is often a wise idea to update any profiles as well as passwords and software operating on security systems.
- Following a divorce, many people discover that they are living alone on their own for the first time. As a result, during this time, some people find it helpful to add security systems to a home. Other people decide to get a dog after a divorce, which can keep anyone who might trespass on your property at bay.
Speak With an Experienced Family Law Attorney
At Vayman & Teitelbaum P.C., we understand the complex issues faced by people navigating a divorce including concerns about smart devices and privacy. We remain committed to making sure that your case resolves in the best possible manner. Contact our law office today to schedule a free initial consultation.