In today's modern world, going anywhere without a cell phone feels like you're missing a part of you. We use our cell phones for just about everything, and bring them just about everywhere we go. Our cell phones also conveniently save all our data for us, things like call history, messages, emails, and sometimes even location history. That's great! Right?
It turns out to be somewhat of a mixed blessing for people going through a divorce. If you have reason to believe there is damaging information on your spouse's phone, you can ask for the records. There are certain behaviors which can affect a court's decision regarding your spouse's fitness as a parent, or you may find clues as to the location of hidden marital assets. You can even theoretically track their movements using the phone's GPS feature. This kind of information can seriously affect division of assets, complex asset division, child support, child custody and parenting time, and spousal support/alimony decisions. Conversely, if your actions might affect these sorts of issues, be careful what you put on your phone and where you bring it!
All divorce proceedings in New Jersey are considered either contested or uncontested, but what does this actually mean? Contrary to popular belief, this is not a term which describes the attitudes of spouses or the general feel of the divorce. Instead, it is a tactile definition based on how each spouse files for and responds to divorce paperwork. Common reasons why divorces may end up being contested include disputes involving child custody, child support, alimony, or the division of marital assets. Whichever course your divorce takes, it is important to understand that uncontested and contested divorces may lead to different outcomes for you and your family.