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As Atlanta divorce lawyers, our law firm is often confronted with dealing with issues of adultery as they related to a divorce. In Georgia, adultery on the part of one spouse can affect many aspects of a divorce proceeding, including alimony, equitable division, and even child custody. In order to get to the point that adultery will affect a divorce case, you must prove the adultery, which can be very difficult.
Since there is rarely direct proof of adultery, most times it must be proved by circumstantial evidence.
If you and your spouse share cell phone accounts, look at the itemized statements to see if there are substantial calls to a certain number. If you share an email address, you can look at incoming and outgoing emails. If you do not share phone or email accounts, we do not recommend breaking into your spouse’s account if he or she has not given you access, as this could be a criminal violation and the resulting information will likely be inadmissible in Court.
Once a divorce case is filed, however, you will be able to obtain information from your spouse through discovery that may provide evidence of his or her adultery. You can request anything that is reasonably calculated to lead to the discovery of admissible evidence, which includes phone records, emails, other correspondence, bank statements, and credit card statements. Phone records mayshow numerous calls to a paramour. Emails may show correspondence between your spouse and a paramour. Bank and credit card statements may show evidence of substantial funds spent on flowers, hotels, and other gifts that you did not receive. These are just a few of the ways one could use to attempt to prove adultery through circumstantial evidence.