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Trust might be an issue if you decide to spy on your spouse, but eavesdropping on your husband or wife can also lead to legal consequences.
For those dead set on recording their loved one or surreptitiously following their spouse, there are some privacy laws to consider, along with some potential legal effects of using the fruits of spying in court.
Here's what suspicious spouses need to know:
Spying Has Many Forms
Keeping tabs on every aspect of your spouse's private life is a multifaceted endeavor. Here are just a few of the legal issues that may crop up in spying on your legal partner:
Using Spying Evidence in Court
Assuming that you do dig up something on your spouse in the course of your spying, if you want to use it in court, you may need to overcome the marital communications privilege.
Often confused for the common law right not to testify against your spouse, the marital communications privilege can be invoked by your spouse to prevent evidence of conversations between the two of you while you were married.
Bottom line: Spying on your spouse may seem like a smart way to get revenge. But with the spousal communication privilege and privacy laws in place, it may not actually produce many court-acceptable pieces of evidence.