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Tracking a Cheating Spouse's Whereabouts by Smart Phone

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cheating spouseIn Texas, there are two ways to file for a high-asset divorce—either via fault or no-fault. A no-fault divorce is one in which neither party is being cited for causing the breakup of a marriage. However, if a spouse files for a divorce based on the "fault" of the other spouse, he or she may use one of the following as grounds:

  • Cruelty;
  • Adultery;
  • Conviction of a felony (with a minimum one-year prison sentence); abandonment (for at least one year); living apart (for at least three years); or,
  • A spouse has been committed to a mental institution with no hope of recovery.

In many high-asset divorces, adultery is often the grounds for which a spouse will file for divorce. In order to claim adultery, however, there must be proof of infidelity. Moreover, there are several methods available to track an untrustworthy spouse, including hiring a private investigator and using computer software to monitor a spouse's emails, social media accounts, and other computer use.

Additionally, one may monitor a spouse's whereabouts via smart phone. Both iPhones and Android phones with Google have hidden settings that actually track a person's locations. This setting is not an app, but is actually on the phone itself. The phone manufacturers say they use this information only to learn about locations that may be significant to their users, and it is kept exclusively on the device itself.

If your spouse has an iPhone, you may locate his or her recent movements by going into their phone's settings. Select "Privacy" and then click on "Location Services." Next, scroll all the way down and select "System Services." Finally, at the bottom of the screen, you will see "Frequent Locations." This is where the information is stored.

If your spouse has an Android phone, you will also go into the phone's settings. Look for any option that has the title "Location" or "Location and Security." From there you will go into "Google Location Reporting" where the information is stored.

If you suspect your spouse is cheating and are considering a divorce, contact an aggressive Cedar Park high-asset divorce attorney to discuss your case and your options.

The Law Offices of William D. Powers

8911 N. Capital of Texas Highway, Building 2, Suite 2105, Austin, TX 78759