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Cell tower data can solve some family law issues

When a New Jersey marriage ends in divorce, it is not uncommon for one spouse to be required to make alimony payments to the other. In such family law cases, the party making the payments may be feeling the financial strain of having to run his or her own household while still paying for the expenses of their former husband or wife. Fortunately, there are ways to put an end to alimony in some cases.


Within the alimony clause of one's divorce agreement, the conditions under which payments will cease are clearly outlined. Often, one of those provisions involves the receiving spouse beginning to cohabitate with a new romantic partner. When this situation is backed up by solid evidence, the matter can be brought before a court in an effort to stop alimony payments altogether.

Of course, in many cases the receiving spouse will make every effort to downplay his or her new relationship, in the interest of continuing to receive alimony. They may set up house together, but leave the bills in only one person's name, or try to give the appearance of living separately in other ways. However, technology has advanced to the point of providing verifiable proof of a person's whereabouts through use of the signals that our cell phones send to various cell towers.


By using cell tower location data to clarify issues of cohabitation, parties can often come to an agreement concerning how to modify or end alimony payments. In many cases, if one's former spouse is in fact living with another person, the strength of this form of evidence can convince him or her to settle rather than spend the time and money to take the matter to court in New Jersey. Understanding this relatively new form of collecting evidence can make a great contribution to the family law issues that surround the payment or receipt of alimony.


Source: Huffington Post, "Cohabitation, the Termination of Alimony and Cell Phones," Diane L. Danois, June 11, 2013

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