Once upon a time, when a divorce loomed, the means of obtaining proof a spouse was cheating were limited.  A suspicious wife or husband could hire a private detective to follow the possibly errant spouse around and hope to capture incriminating photographs. Or perhaps a spouse might stumble upon receipts for mysterious purchases at Tiffany’s or Victoria’s Secret hidden in a desk drawer.

How times have changed! Now, when a family lawyer begins to access the massive amounts of information potentially relevant to a divorce available through technology and social media — emails, texts, blogs and postings on Facebook, Instagram and other sites — she may feel like a climber on Mount Everest who’s just been overcome by an avalanche. Communications which were never intended to express more than a momentary flash of emotion are now preserved in everlasting concrete on the internet. This mountain of information can be both a gold mine and a land mine for family lawyers and their clients.

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