Computers, e-mails, blackberries, GPS navigation systems, and web site records have made their way into divorce court with a vengeance. Astute divorce and family law lawyers must be aware of new technology and how it can win or lose a divorce battle. It is fair to say that electronic evidence has changed the face of how divorce law is practiced. An Alabama divorce lawyer or attorney must not only know Alabama divorce law, procedure and be an aggressive litigator; but he must also understand and know the rules of electronic evidence and be familiar with the methods and means to obtain such evidence. Because of the new technology many Alabama divorce lawyers are at a distinctive disadvantage. Believe it or not, I know divorce attorneys who don't use e-mail. How can these lawyers know how to obtain or even seek out this new kind of evidence found in meta-data? Because of the huge role computers and cell phones play in our everyday lives, it is essential that your divorce lawyer has a thorough understanding of electronic evidence in today's divorce proceedings.
I happened to have studied on under one of the world's foremost scholars on electronic evidence, Judge John Carroll, the Dean of Samford University's Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama. Judge Carroll was extolling the virtues of electronic evidence in the early days and sits on the national committee that has been tagged with solidifying electronic evidence laws in this country.
I am also one of the first attorneys to publish a divorce or family law blog in the state of Alabama and I am intimately familiar with all things in the computer world. I try very hard to stay abreast of the latest technologies and their potential uses in divorce court. If your significant other has a E-Harmony profile, visits Internet porn sites, or sends incriminating e-mails, I will find out and use it against them in an Alabama divorce court.