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Electronic Discovery Upsets Status Quo: Attorney Jeffrey Knipmeyer Discusses Evolution of the System

By Nottage and Ward on May 25, 2012

Our previous blog posts have discussed how electronic discovery is making it more difficult for spouses to keep secrets and how spouses may gather evidence of deception against their husband or wife; for today’s post, the experienced Chicago family law attorney at Nottage and Ward, Jeffrey Knipmeyer, discusses how electronic discovery is reshaping the nation’s family law system.

Electronic discovery is being used by spouses and lawyers alike in order to obtain evidence to be used in court. In fact, according to Yahoo! Finance, 92 percent of divorce attorneys have seen more cases using evidence collected using smartphones in the last three years. Additionally, 66 percent of these divorce attorneys claim Facebook as the top source for compromising information on the Internet. It is not only advancements in Internet-based technology that has created new methods for finding evidence, but there are now programs that attorneys and other professionals, like forensic accountants, can use to investigate large amounts of information for evidence of deception. These new methods beg the question, when is it illegal?

The line between legal and illegal regarding methods of obtaining evidence through electronic discovery is still relatively blurred and it will not become clearer overnight. As attorneys and courts determine what is acceptable and what isn’t in the way of electronic discovery, you have to be very cautious when investigating your suspicions. If you are considering divorce, do not pursue your own investigations without first discussing the potential ramifications with a divorce attorney who understands the court’s position on electronic discovery.

Jeffrey Knipmeyer is a knowledgeable divorce attorney in Chicago who has a thorough understanding of Illinois’ court processes and biases towards the various methods of electronic discovery. If you are planning on divorcing your spouse in Illinois, Mr. Knipmeyer can make sure that relevant evidence is uncovered. To learn more about your legal rights and options, call Nottage and Ward today for a consultation at (312) 332-2915.

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